Florida announced Thursday it would rename its stadium to honor former coach and Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback Steve Spurrier.
It is hard to think of the Florida Gators without Spurrier’s contributions as a player and as a coach. He established much of the culture of winning that pervades the now Steve Spurrier-Florida Field at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium. Even giving it the ominous nickname: The Swamp.
The coach who was often full of bravado while he roamed the sidelines in Gainesville said in a statement he was “humbled” by the permanent honor his alma mater bestowed upon him:
— Scott Carter (@GatorsScott) June 9, 2016
It is a rare moment of reflection and humility from Spurrier who went 122-27-1 in his 12 seasons at Florida, winning six SEC championships and the 1996 National Championship. This goes in addition to his 1966 Heisman Trophy, which earned him a statue outside the stadium that now bears his name.
Spurrier though was as much a cultural revolution for the Gators than anything else, bringing bravado and confidence to the program. The Florida football grows from the roots Spurrier has laid.
And so this honor is befitting the legend.