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Florida to honor Hurricane Irma victims with helmet decal

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When the Florida Gators take the field Saturday against Tennessee, they’ll be wearing a special decal to recognize Florida residents who are recovering from Hurricane Irma. The school announced Wednesday that the team will wear helmet stickers in honor of Hurricane Irma’s victims for the SEC East matchup against Tennessee.

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The sticker includes a blue outline of the state border. The hurricane made landfall Sunday in the Florida Keys and near Naples on the Gulf Coast, but nearly the entire Sunshine State was affected.

Millions remain without power, and areas as far away as Jacksonville – close to 400 miles from the initial landfall – received severe flooding from heavy rains and storm surge.

The effects have also been felt in Gainesville. The hurricane forced a cancellation of the Gators’ scheduled game last week against Northern Colorado – along with numerous other college football games last weekend and this weekend – and the city continues to experience problems with gasoline supplies and power outages.

The Gators wore a helmet decal in their opener against Michigan, played in Arlington, Texas, to recognize victims of Hurricane Harvey which devastated Houston and southeast Texas.

The SEC announced Tuesday that Florida’s game against Tennessee would be played as scheduled.

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