Titus O’Neil to host Gator Growl 2021

Titus O'Neil wears the signature yellow button up and seersucker pants of UF's Mr. Two-bits while running onto the UF football field

Titus O’Neil will host Gator Growl 2021.

UF Homecoming & Gator Growl is excited to announce Titus O’Neil as the host of Gator Growl 2021. The show will take place on Friday, October 8, with doors opening at 5:00 PM. Gunna will headline Gator Growl, featuring Neon Trees with comedian Daphnique Springs.

O’Neil, a Gator at heart, is a former football player at the University of Florida who later became a professional wrestler with WWE and NXT. Currently, he is the Global Ambassador of WWE and performs under the Raw brand.

Dedicated to his commitment to charity, WWE named O’Neil "one of the most philanthropic Superstars in WWE history," and was named the recipient of the 2020 Warrior Award.

“Last year I had the opportunity to serve as commencement speaker for the spring 2020 graduation, this year I get to host one of the premier events of all college homecoming experiences as this year’s Host of Gator Growl,” said O’Neil. “ I’m looking forward to working with The Gator Growl team to showcase one of the many reasons that it’s great to be a Florida Gator”.

Tickets for Gator Growl are not sold out. Student tickets start at $25 with the unique discount code distributed through student’s UF emails. General public tickets start at $40. Tickets can be purchased at www.gatorgrowl.org or at the Stephen C. O’Connell Center Box Office.

GUNNA, best known for his collaborations with other popular artists such as Lil Baby and Young Thug, is signed with YSL Records. His debut album, “Drip or Drown,” sold over 500,000 copies in 2018, followed by his second album “WUNNA”, which became the rapper’s first no. 1 album. Neon Trees has faced nationwide recognition since 2008 following the band's tour with The Killers. Following a signing with Mercury Records, their first single “Animal,” climbed to the top of the Billboard Hot 100 and became the no. 1 single on the Alternative Songs chart.

UF Homecoming is a festive week-long celebration culminating in Gator Growl before the football game. Gator Growl attendees enjoy live musical performances, the crowning of the Homecoming King & Queen, and more to celebrate the university’s achievements and embrace their inner Gator pride.

Doors will open for Gator Growl at 5:00 p.m., with the live entertainment beginning at 6:15 p.m. The Stephen C. O’Connell Center is located at 250 Gale Lemerand Dr, Gainesville, FL 32611.

For more information, visit www.gatorgrowl.org or follow UF Homecoming & Gator Growl on social media (@HCGatorGrowl).

Madeline Wells October 6, 2021