Florida’s Steve Spurrier is only the fourth person in the history of the College Football Hall of Fame to be inducted as both a player and a coach. (Sun file) Already in the College Football Hall of Fame as a player, the legendary Steve Spurrier is now also going in as a coach, only the fourth in the history of the CFHOF to be inducted as both.
The 1966 Heisman Trophy winner at Florida who returned to his alma mater 24 years later to lead the Gators to six SEC titles and a national championship, Spurrier was voted into the Hall of Fame as a coach Monday morning.
Spurrier entered the Hall as a player in 1986. He will be inducted as a coach in December, along with 12 other members of the 2017 class that includes former Tennessee quarterback great Peyton Manning, who went 0-3 against Spurrier.
The only others in the CFHOF as both a player and coach are Amos Alonzo Stagg, Bobby Dodd and Bowden Wyatt.
In 12 seasons at UF, he compiled a 122-27-1 record. He led the Gators to the first SEC title in school history in his second season (1991) and would go to win five more conference titles, along with the national championship following the 1996 season, the same year quarterback Danny Wuerffel won the Heisman Trophy.
During his college coaching career, Spurrier coached at Duke, Florida and South Carolina, and is the winningest coach in history at both UF and USC. He finished with 228 SEC victories, the second-most in league history behind Bear Bryant. His overall coaching record is 228-89-2.
While at Florida, Spurrier was named SEC coach of the year five times.
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