The road to the University of Central Florida national football championship may never leave Florida, but it may be lined with commemorative plates.
On Wednesday a UCF National Champions license plate was unveiled by four Florida lawmakers eager to honor the Orlando university still basking in the Knights’ football perfect 13-0 season when others who’d lost were being declared national champions elsewhere.
The proposed commemorative plate is black and gold with the UCF logo and the words “National Champions.”
The plate would be authorized by House Bill 1359, and was unveiled Wednesday by that bill’s sponsors state Reps. James Grant of Tampa and Amber Mariano of Hudson, along with state Reps. Carlos Guillermo Smith of Orlando, and Chris Latvala of Clearwater.
“As a UCF alumnus representing Florida House District 49, the ‘UCF District,’ I am incredibly proud of our national champions,” Smith declared in a news release the four issued. “A UCF license plate is the perfect way to commemorate our undefeated Knights for achieving this historic milestone.”
“I am incredibly proud of UCF’s 13-0 season,” Mariano stated. “We can argue statistics and strength of schedules, but you can’t argue a perfect, undefeated season. We are the true College Football National Champions, and our season made a big statement to the CFP that their current system is not working. I am so proud to be an Alumna from the best University in the world! Go Knights and Charge on!”
“UCF’s football team had a historic season this year,” Latvala added. “No others went undefeated, and we have a legitimate claim to the national championship. Thank you to Representative Grant for adding this amendment. Charge On!”
“Nobody wanted Auburn to beat UCF more than me,” conceded Grant, an Auburn University graduate. “However, UCF beat the team who beat the team also claiming to be national champions — Alabama — a team with a long history of making up national championships.”