Netflix’s upcoming documentary, UNTOLD: Swamp Kings, has cast a spotlight on Urban Meyer’s coaching tenure with the Florida Gators.
Meyer’s tenure at Florida unraveled in 2009 as the nation’s top program was replaced by Nick Saban and Alabama.
In Netflix’s upcoming “Untold: Swamp Kings” docuseries — which explores the 2000s-era Florida Gators and Meyer, the former head coach detailed his panic attack-ridden season with the Gators in 2009.
“(I was) addicted to Ambien, I lost weight and couldn’t sleep,” Meyer said of the 2009 season.
The Gators would go undefeated in the regular season, before losing to Alabama in the SEC Championship Game. Following that crushing defeat, Meyer fell into a deep depression.
“I couldn’t get out of bed, no energy, no desire .. I thought I was going to die,” Meyer said.
He stated he would step down before he would go back on his decision and return for the 2010 season. After that season concluded, he would retire yet again.
Meyer went 17-6 at Bowling Green, 22-2 at Utah, 65-15 at Florida, and 83-9 at Ohio State, for a total college coaching record of 187-32. His teams won three national championships, seven conference championships, and 10 division championships.
He would take his talents to the NFL with the Jacksonville Jaguars that would end before the season came to an end.
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