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The University of Florida has more than 340,000 living alumni. Florida alumni account for multiple Nobel Prize winners, nine U.S. Senators, almost 40 U.S. Representatives, 11 state governors, and eight U.S. ambassadors, multiple state supreme court judges, and various federal courts judges. UF graduates have served as the executive leaders of such diverse institutions as the United States Marine Corps and the National Organization for Women.

Florida alumni have been the presidents of Florida State University, the College of Charleston, New College of Florida, Randolph-Macon College, Rice University, Rutgers University, the University of Central Florida, the University of South Florida and Miami University. Major business enterprises run by Florida graduates include Amtrak, Avaya, Boeing Enterprises, the Boston Red Sox, Burger King, Deloitte & Touche, Discover Financial, FedEx, Gartner, Gate Petroleum, Golin Harris International, the Houston Astros, Hudson's Bay Company, J. C. Penney, Macy's, Merrill Lynch, [MTV]], NASCAR, Nike, Northwest Airlines, Reebok, The Richards Group, Scripps, Scripps, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Walt Disney. University of Florida alumni have also led such professional and governmental regulatory bodies such as American Bar Association, The Florida Bar, the Environmental Protection Agency, the Federal Communications Commission, the Federal Trade Commission, the Nuclear Regulatory Commission, and the United States Department of Transportation. In addition, has a history of twelve Rhodes Scholars[167] and 1 Marshall Scholar.[168]

Among the people who have attended or graduated from the University of Florida are actress Faye Dunaway, Price is Right announcer Rich Fields, author Michael Connelly, Nobel Prize winners Marshall Nirenberg and Robert Grubbs, pilot Paul Tibbets, governor & senator Bob Graham, reporter Stephanie Abrams, musician Mel Tillis, award winning architect Lawrence Scarpa, poet Geri Doran, director Jonathan Demme, comedian Darrell Hammond, columnist Kiki Carter, congressman Adam Putnam, actor Stephen Root, sportscaster Red Barber, sportscaster Jesse Palmer, producer Scott Sanders, U.S. Senator and Florida governor Lawton Chiles, TV personality Bob Vila, novelists Kate DiCamillo and Carl Hiaasen, judges William Dimitrouleas and Harold Sebring, administrators Carol Browner and Alan Stephenson Boyd, inventor John Atanasoff, U.S. Senator Bill Nelson, owner of Yankees franchise Hal Steinbrenner, guitarist & songwriter Stephen Stills, and the daughter of Dave Thomas, Wendy Thomas, the namesake of the food-chain Wendy's also attended the University of Florida.

The University of Florida has also been home to over 125 Olympians throughout the years, nearly 150 active and retired NFL football players and three Heisman Trophy winners, more than thirty MLB baseball players, thirty NBA basketball players, and over forty PGA Tour and LPGA golfers. Famous University of Florida athletes include the NFL all-time leading rusher Emmitt Smith, NFL Hall of Fame football player Jack Youngblood, tennis players Lisa Raymond and Jesse Levine, golfer Tommy Aaron, basketball center Joakim Noah, baseball player David Eckstein, soccer players Abby Wambach and Heather Mitts, swimmers Tracy Caulkins, Nicole Haislett, Ryan Lochte and Dara Torres, and football coach Steve Spurrier.

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