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Sandalwood grad, former Gator Jamar Hornsby still chasing the NFL dream

11:17 PM, Jul 11, 2013   |    comments
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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Although there were 31 arrests of Gators football players during Urban Meyer's tenure at the University of Florida, the offenses committed by Sandalwood High School grad Jamar Hornsby are still among the most talked about.

In 2008, Hornsby pleaded no contest to four misdemeanor counts of improper use of a credit card after making nearly 70 fradulent charges on a gas card belonging to a woman that died the previous year.

After that incident, he was dismissed from the UF football team.  He spent a year at a community college in Mississippi before getting another chance to play major college football at Ole Miss.  He never suited up for the Rebels though after a simple assault charge sent him to jail.

Once he was released from prison, Hornsby was able to finish his college career at Tuskegee University.  He's currently working out at the SET Performance training facility near Jax Beach and hoping for a chance to play professional football.

As for his previous mistakes, Hornsby says he was young, dumb, and got caught up in the excitement of being a high profile football player on the best team in the country.  He says he's learned from his mistakes and would do things the right way if given a chance to do it all over again.  In fact, he often shares his story with current high school athletes that he trains with.  His main message to them is to not make the same mistakes he did and to take full advantage of a free college education.

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