The Head Ball Coach certainly deserves this one.
The University of Florida sent out a release on Thursday afternoon, making the huge announcement that they would be renaming their football field in honor of the legendary coach and player, Steve Spurrier.
The University of Florida’s two highest-profile athletic venues now have new names: Gator football will now be played at Steve Spurrier-Florida Field at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium, while the arena portion of the Stephen C. O’Connell Center, home of several Florida Gators athletic teams and numerous community events, will be known as Exactech Arena
As a player, Spurrier helped put the Florida program on the map, quarterbacking the Gators to a 9-2 season in 1966. Spurrier won the Heisman Trophy that season for his efforts.
Thirty years later, Spurrier would bring more success to Gainesville, but this time on the sidelines. As the head football coach in 1996, Spurrier led the Gators to their first national championship, which certainly helped pave the way for two more titles a decade later under Urban Meyer.
“I am humbled, honored, thankful and very appreciative that my alma mater, the University of Florida, believes that I am worthy and deserving to have my name placed on Ben Hill Griffin Stadium,” Spurrier said in Florida’s press release. “I consider this to be the biggest, most special honor I have ever received.”
There are no “classic” Spurrier quotes in the release, as the Head Ball Coach genuinely seems humbled by the honor.
Spurrier finally retired from coaching in the 2015 season, announcing his decision to leave the game after his South Carolina Gamecocks started the season with a 2-4 record. With his days on the sidelines finally over, it paved the way for Florida to finally give him the honor.
An honor, of which, he is definitely deserving of. Congrats, Coach.