- Oct 12, 2003
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I'm sure this crew appreciates being exposed to most likely the swine flew for approximately 1.5 hours.
Several Florida players including Tim Tebow are sick with the flu and took a separate plane Friday to Lexington, Ky., for the Gators' game against Kentucky, according to media reports.
The Palm Beach Post reported that a source close to the team confirmed Tebow and safety Major Wright were among the players who took the separate plane. The Independent Florida Alligator, the student newspaper at the University of Florida, first reported the story.
ESPN.com's Mark Schlabach has confirmed there was a charter flight from Gainesville, Fla. to Lexington on Friday afternoon, but there was no confirmation that Tebow, the 2007 Heisman Trophy winner, was aboard the plane.
Coach Urban Meyer said Thursday that the team has battled more than 35 cases of the flu over the past four weeks, but did not name Tebow among those who had become ill. Meyer said running back Jeff Demps, tight end Aaron Hernandez and defensive end Jermaine Cunningham played with the flu last week against Tennessee, while linebacker A.J. Jones and cornerback Joe Haden were among players fighting the virus this week.
The Gainesville Sun reported this week that 97 percent of flu cases on UF's campus this fall have been the H1N1 virus, also known as swine flu.