Former Florida and South Carolina coach Steve Spurrier is being inducted into the National High School Hall of Fame on Saturday, and he used part of his time at the press conference Friday to encourage prep athletes to play multiple sports instead of going the specialization route.
“Not once did any of the three coaches say, “Steve, you ought to stick with baseball. You ought to stick with basketball. … I’m thankful for that because I wasn’t very good at football until my senior year and we started throwing the ball a little bit. I couldn’t run very fast, wasn’t very big, but I could shoot and throw and hit and stuff like that. But I just kept playing them all, and eventually football seemed to be my sport. I’m thankful for that.”
So kids, let that be a lesson for you. Spurrier may have never won the 1966 Heisman Trophy if he were an athlete growing up today. It’s interesting to see how everything worked out for him. You can check out the video of his comments here: