Florida Gators, ESPN celebrate Steve Spurrier's 75th birthday
It takes a special coach to be recognized by ESPN for simply having a birthday. Not to mention a coach that’s not actively in the profession.
That’s just how great Steve Spurrier has been during his long career as the Heisman Trophy-winning Florida quarterback went on to a coaching career that has cemented his place in Southeastern Conference history as one of the best to ever roam the sidelines.
For Spurrier’s 75th birthday, both ESPN and the Flordia Gators paid tribute to the all-time winningest coach at both Florida and South Carolina, Spurrier holds a head coaching record of 228-89-2 in college football. Spurrier, of course, also coached in the USFL, NFL and AAF during his coaching career.
The legendary coach went 122-27-1 in 12 years at Florida, winning the national championship in the 1996 season and bringing never-before-seen glory to South Carolina’s football program since joining the SEC as Spurrier’s Gamecocks went 86-49 in 11 seasons. Of all his accomplishments, leading Duke to the ACC Championship ranks among the best of his career.
To celebrate Spurrier’s day, ESPN even ranked some of the coach’s best comments:
- “You know what FSU stands for, don’t you? Free Shoes U.”
- “You can’t spell Citrus Bowl without UT.”
- “You can have good ballplayers and still not win football games. All you LSU fans know about that.”
- “Peyton Manning came back to Tennessee for his senior year because he wanted to be the first three-time MVP of the Citrus Bowl.”
Here is how Florida honored Spurrier on his birthday:
— Florida Gators (@FloridaGators) April 20, 2020