A flag football game — hey, don’t laugh — remains on Steve Spurrier’s mind.
A piece from ESPN’s Chris Low about the former Florida coach is full of fascinating details. Among the treasures, we learn Spurrier counts a flag football game against mighty Tau Epsilon Phi as part of his record at The Swamp.
Here’s an excerpt from the story, detailing the coach’s memories at his old stomping grounds:
“Yep, only lost two games as a player, five as head coach,” Spurrier said.
And if you throw in a freshman game against Georgia in 1962 and a flag football game (yes, a flag football game) against the Tau Epsilon Phi fraternity on campus a few years after Spurrier had been out of school, he won 83 games. Remarkably, he can still remember the score and details from that flag football.
“Some fraternity boys wanted to play a bunch of us former players, so we cut off half the field here at The Swamp and played them,” said Spurrier, talking as if he were recalling an SEC championship game. “We beat them 20-19, helluva game.
“So if you count that one and the freshman game, I was 83-7 here.”
It’s unclear if Spurrier was joking when he mentioned this. Even if so, it makes for a great story. (What’s your guess on the pass rush produced by those frat boys?)
We can only imagine what Spurrier was like before his legend grew.