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FROM THE XOS LICENSING VAULT: STEVE SPURRIER
Steve Spurrier was born on April 20, 1945 in Miami Beach, Florida. In the 71 years since, he has cemented his legacy as a legendary player and coach at both the college and professional levels.
After moving to Johnson City, TN at the age of twelve, Steve Spurrier proved to be an excellent all-around athlete at Science Hill High School earning all-state honors in football, basketball, and baseball. As a senior in 1962, he was selected as an All-American in football and garnered attention from schools across the country, eventually accepting a scholarship offer from Coach Ray Graves at the University of Florida. In three years as a quarterback at Florida (NCAA rules prohibited freshmen from playing) he went on to win countless awards including First Team All-American and the 1966 Heisman Trophy.
In 1967, Spurrier was selected in the 1st round of the NFL Draft by the San Francisco 49ers and would go on to have a 10 year professional career with the 49ers and Tampa Bay Buccaneers before retiring in 1976.
Shortly after retiring from professional football, Spurrier embarked on a coaching career that would last nearly 40 years and see him make college stops at Duke, Georgia Tech, Florida, South Carolina and in the professional ranks with the Tampa Bay Bandits (USFL) and Washington Redskins (NFL). Most notably, he served for 12 seasons as the head coach at the University of Florida where his teams became known for their “fun n’ gun” aggressive offensive style while regularly competing for SEC and National Championships. After a brief stint coaching in the NFL, Spurrier returned to the college game spending 11 seasons as the head coach at South Carolina before retiring in 2015.
Steve Spurrier is a two-time inductee into the College Football Hall of Fame, first as a player in 1986 and then as a coach in 2017. He is also a member of the University of Florida Athletic Hall of Fame as well as the Florida Football Ring of Honor.
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