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Florida Vacation Fun Facts

Famous Floridians

These are just a few of the famous people who were either born in Florida or spent some important time in Florida.

Brian Adams, aka Crush, wrestler

Mike Alstott, football player

Stuart Appleby, golfer

Reubin Askew, Florida governor

Ronde Barber, football player

T. Bubba Bechtol, comedian

Josh Bidwell, football player

Juran Bolden, football player

Marty Booker, football player

Derrick Brooks, football player

Ronnie Brown, football player

Jimmy Buffett, singer

Nick Buoniconti, football player

Jeb Bush, Florida governor

Prescott Bush, U.S. senator

J. Robert Cade, inventor of Gatorade

Bud Carson, football coach

Chris Carter, football player

Kevin Carter, football player

Helio Castroneves, race car driver

Chris Chambers, football player

Lawton Chiles, Florida governor

Mark Clayton, football player

Sam Cowart, football player

James V. Crum III, author

Larry Csonka, football player

Mark Cuban, Internet billionaire and Dallas Mavericks basketball team owner

Daunte Culpepper, football player

Matt Damon, actor

Donovan Darius, football player

Anthony Davis, football player

Ponce de Leon, explorer

Cote de Pablo, actress

Johnny Depp, actor

Nelson Doubleday, publisher

Tony Dungy, football player and coach

Warrick Dunn, football player

Rhea Durham, model

Thomas Edison, inventor

Laurence Elder, jazz musician

Michael Esposito, author

Manny Fernandez, football player

Harvey Firestone, founder, Firestone Tire

Henry Flagler, industrialist and real estate developer

Francis Fleming, Florida governor

Henry Ford, founder, Ford Motor Company

Bill France Jr., chairman of NASCAR

Bill France Sr., founder of NASCAR

Gus Frerotte, football player

Joey Galloway, football player

Malcolm Glazer, football team owner

Curt Gowdy, sportscaster

Daniel Graham, Florida governor

Kelsey Grammer, actor

Bob Griese, football player

Brian Griese, football player

John Gruden, football coach

John Wesley Hardin, killer and gambler

Averell Harriman, ambassador

Reggie Hayward, football player

Ernest Hemingway, novelist

John Henderson, football player

Carl Hiaasen, mystery writer

Ike Hilliard, football player

Hulk Hogan, wrestler

Vonnie Holliday, football player

Chris Hovan, football player

Rex Hubbard, televangelist

Zora Neal Hurston, novelist

Dexter Jackson, football player

Brad Johnson, football player

Don Johnson, actor

Anand Jon, fashion designer

Matt Jones, football player

Tebucky Jones, football player

Monte Kiffin, football coach

Jim Kiick, football player

Roger King, TV executive, King World

Claude Kirk, Florida governor

Jack Kuney, director and producer

Jim Langer, football player

Byron Leftwich, football player

Elmore Leonard, novelist

Rush Limbaugh, radio talk show host and author

Scott Linehan, football coach

Larry Little, football player

Father López, pioneer

Kenneth Mackay, Florida governor

Sam Madison, football player

Olindo Mare, football player

Robert Martinez, Florida governor

Anthony McFarland, football player

Rich McKay, football manager

Pedro Menéndez, explorer

John Mixson, Florida governor

Earl Morrall, football player

Mercury Morris, football player

Sammie Morris, football player

Al Neuharth, publisher, founder of USA Today

Shaquille O'Neal, basketball player

Jermaine Phillips, football player

Michael Pittman, football player

Shelton Quarles, football player

Jeff Reardon, baseball player

Burt Reynolds, actor

Jean Ribault, pioneer

Simeon Rice, football player

Herbert Saffir, structural engineer, developed Saffir-Simpson scale for designating hurricane strength

Johann Santana, baseball player

Warren Sapp, football player

Lance Schulters, football player

Josh Scobee, football player

Jake Scott, football player

Junior Seau, football player

Don Shula, football coach

Chris Simms, football player

O. J. Simpson, football player and actor

Emmitt Smith, football player

Jimmy Smith, football player

Robert Smith, football player

Bob Stanfill, football player

Marcus Stroud, football player

Todd Steussie, football player

Fred Taylor, football player

Sean Taylor, football player

Jason Taylor, football player

Zach Thomas, football player

Lady Tigra, singer

John Travolta, actor

Keith Traylor, football player

Donald Trump, businessman and reality TV star

Dwyane Wade, football player

Kenyatta Walker, football player

Paul Warfield, football player

Wes Welker, football player

Carnell “Cadillac” Williams, football player

Reggie Williams, football player

Kenny Wright, football player

Marcellus Wiley, football player

Tiger Woods, golfer

Garo Yepremian, football player

Jordan Zimmerman, billionaire owner of Florida Panthers basketball team

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