Steve Spurrier will visit Science Hill High School in Johnson City, Tenn., on Thursday for the first time since he graduated from there in 1962.
The Head Ball Coach now just needs an NFL field named after him to complete the trifecta as, henceforth, the Hilltoppers’ stadium will be known as Steve Spurrier Field at Kermit Tipton Stadium, Gridiron Now reports. Earlier this month, the Florida Gators renamed their stadium Steve Spurrier-Florida Field.
“Yep, I guess I have two fields named after me now,” Spurrier said.
It has been a tour of homecomings for Spurrier since he retired abruptly in the middle of last season. He first, as a high school senior, spurned the fans in Johnson City by choosing Florida over the University of Tennessee. Nearly four decades later, he left Florida after 12 seasons as its head coach for the NFL.
But Spurrier is still beloved everywhere. Although this will be his first time attending a game at Science Hill since he left, it’s hardly the first time they have tried to get him to return.
“The athletic director there had been trying to get me to come back for years,” Spurrier said, “but we never could find a date because I was always coaching.”