|Donald G. Gaffney|
|Member of the Florida House of Representatives
from the 16th district
February 1, 1954 |
|Alma mater||University of Florida (B.S., J.D.)|
Donald G. Gaffney (born February 1, 1954) is an American former college football player and politician. Gaffney was the first African-American to play quarterback for the Florida Gators football team of the University of Florida, and was later elected to the Florida House of Representatives, until he resigned following his conviction for extortion.
Gaffney was born on February 1, 1954 in Jacksonville, Florida. He was an All-Southeastern Conference (SEC) selection at quarterback, and led the Gators to three bowl games (Tangerine Bowl, Sugar Bowl, and Gator Bowl) as their starting quarterback from 1973 until 1975. His younger brother Derrick Gaffney also had a successful collegiate football career. His brothers Warren and Johnny also played football for the Florida Gators.
Gaffney served on the Jacksonville City Council from 1983 until 1986. He was elected to Florida House in 1986, and resigned on April 1, 1988.
- Donald G. "Don" Gaffney Florida House of Representatives profile
- Jack Strickland's Florida Tales... How UF's Don Gaffney broke quarterback color barrier, Auburn jinx – as Auburn comes to play again October 10, 2011 The Tallahassee News