Florida Gators Gator Chomp Swamp Bobblehead (and Arms) Unveiled
Limited Edition bobblehead featuring the University of Florida mascot Albert Gator doing the Gator Chomp is now available exclusively from the National Bobblehead HOF and Museum.
MILWAUKEE, Wi., September 28, 2018 – This morning, the National Bobblehead Hall of Fame and Museum unveiled a limited-edition, officially licensed bobblehead featuring University of Florida mascot Albert Gator doing the Gator Chomp with the famous “This is … THE SWAMP” sign in the background. Not only does Albert’s head bobble, but both of his arms bobble as well. This is the first bobblehead featuring the Gator Chomp and also the first to incorporate the “This is the Swamp” sign.
The bobbleheads, which are individually numbered to only 1,000, are $40 each plus a flat rate shipping charge of $8 per order. The initial production run of 360 bobbleheads just arrived and ships now, and the remaining bobbleheads will be produced and made available for pre-order if the initial production run sells out. The bobblehead was produced exclusively for the National Bobblehead Hall of Fame and Museum by FOCO.
The Gator Chomp was born in 1981 by Monty Musgrave, a tuba player in the University of Florida band. Musgrave and the tuba players played the two famous notes from the movie Jaws and started making a chomping motion with their hands which ended in a clap. Musgrave later arranged the music for the tuba section and the ‘Gator Chomp’ caught on like wild fire by the end of the season. It’s now one of the best traditions in college sports.
“The Swamp” nickname was developed by former Gators’ football coach Steve Spurrier in 1992 and introduced to Gators’ fans on June 9th, 1992 in a column by Mike Bianchi in The Gainesville Sun. According to the article, “At the end of last season, Spurrier was looking for a catchy pet name to capture the eerie essence of Florida Field/Ben Hill Griffin Stadium when “The Swamp” oozed into his mind.” Spurrier said, “A swamp is where Gators live. We feel comfortable there, but we hope our opponents feel tentative. A swamp is hot and sticky and can be dangerous. We feel like it’s an appropriate nickname for our stadium.” The sign that previously read “This is … FLORIDA FIELD” was repainted to read “This is … THE SWAMP” in the mid-1990’s.
“We thought this bobblehead would be the perfect way for Gators’ fans to celebrate several of the school’s great traditions and show off their school pride,” said Phil Sklar, Co-Founder and CEO of the National Bobblehead Hall of Fame and Museum. “We think it turned out amazing, and we’re confident that Gators’ fans will agree.”
About the National Bobblehead Hall of Fame and Museum:
The National Bobblehead Hall of Fame and Museum is finishing set-up of its permanent location, which is expected to open this Fall. The HOF and Museum was announced in November 2014 and hosted a Preview Exhibit in 2016. The HOF and Museum also produces high quality, customized bobbleheads for organizations, individuals and teams across the country. Visit us at www.BobbleheadHall.com, www.facebook.com/BobbleheadHall or www.twitter.com/BobbleheadHall.
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