Steve Spurrier hasn’t had a permanent residence in the State of Florida in over a decade. That didn’t stop Governor Rick Scott for naming him a “Great Floridian” today in the south endzone of Ben Hill Griffin Stadium.
The honor has been bestowed on 88 other men and women since 1981 from all walks of life, united under one common bond; they are native Floridians.
Despite popular belief, Spurrier was actually born in the Sunshine State, but moved to Tennessee shortly after he was born. The Ole Ball coach talked about what brought him back south for college.
Spurrier has always had an affinity for his alma mater, the place where he gained fame as a Heisman Trophy winner before leading the Gators to their first national championship in 1996 as their coach. Spurrier commented on his time as a coach at UF.
Spurrier won’t be back this year to roam the sidelines of The Swamp however, Florida plays South Carolina in Columbia this season.