UF Athletic Hall of Fame Inducts Three with Law School Links

Published: April 2nd, 2001

Category: News

Among the nine inductees to the University of Florida Athletic Hall of Fame this weekend are three men with strong links to the Fredric G. Levin College of Law. The three, who will be honored at ceremonies starting at 5:30 p.m. Friday (April 6) at the football stadium’s Touchdown Terrace, are Bruce Culpepper, J.D. ’66; Mandell Glicksberg, J.D. ’51, law school faculty member for more than 45 years; and third-year law school student Brad Culpepper (UF B.A. ’91), who plays in the National Football League.

Bruce Culpepper

Currently a shareholder and vice president of the statewide law firm of Akerman, Senterfitt and Eidson. Former member of Florida Bar Board of Governors, a Florida Supreme Court appointee to The Florida Bar Foundation board, and a Board of Trustee on the UF Law Center Association, Inc. He served as president of Gator Boosters, and chairman of the UF President’s Council. Culpepper was co-captain of the 1962 Gator football team, a three-year letterman – playing both linebacker and center, and member of the 1960 and 1962 Gator Bowl teams. His career at UF included serving as president of the Student Government, and member of Florida Blue Key, Sigma Chi, Phi Delta Phi Legal Fraternity, and Phi Alpha Theta Academic. Bruce and his wife, Pep (UF ’64), are the parents of a daughter and two sons – J. Bruce, ’91 law grad, and J. Brad II, another Hall of Fame inductee this weekend.

Brad Culpepper

Son of Bruce and grandson of Broward Culpepper (UF ’30 B.A., ’37 M.A.E.). Brad played for the Minnesota Vikings in 1992 and 1993; the Tampa Bay Buccaneers from 1994-1999, and for the Chicago Bears in 2000. He was named to the All-Madden Team in ’99. He was the first Gator to be honored with the Draddy Scholarship trophy, presented to the nation’s premier scholar-athlete by the National Football Foundation and College Hall of Fame. He was named first-team All-America in ’91, recipient of the Toyota Leader of the Year Award, and member of the GTE Academic All- America and CFA Scholar-Athlete teams. He also was a member of Sigma Chi and Florida Blue Key, served as Student Government vice president, and on the University Athletic Association Board of Directors in 1991-92.

Mandell Glicksberg

Entered UF in 1945 and majored in psychology. Entered law school in 1948 and earned his B.A. from the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences in 1949, at the end of his first year in law school. Was a member of the Gator marching band, symphony orchestra and Pi Lambda Phi fraternity. He served on the editorial board of Florida Law Review, and was elected to UF’s Honor Court and Florida Blue Key. Glicksberg began practicing law in his hometown of Miami Beach in 1951, and was called to active duty with the Air Force in 1952. He went to Judge Advocate General school at Maxwell Air Force Base, and was stationed at Eglin AFB in Fort Walton Beach. He joined the UF law faculty in ’53, unknowingly beginning a monumental 44-year career as an academician and educator. His honors include Florida Blue Key Distinguished Faculty Award, Student Government Award of Instructor Excellence, College of Law Teacher of the Year, and recipient of Tradition of Excellence Award from The Florida Bar’s General Practice/Solo/ Small Firm Section in 1997. His contributions to UF athletics were equally impressive. From 1965-1990, he was the Faculty Athletics Representative to the NCAA and Southeastern Conference, Chairman of the Committee on Intercollegiate Athletics for the university during the same 25 years, and served as a member, secretary and president of the University Athletic Association during 1962-1990. He also served as co-chairman of the Committee to Integrate Women’s Athletics into the Southeastern Conference. Glicksberg and his wife, Joyce, also a UF graduate, have three children and five grandchildren.




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