Steve Spurrier named ambassador, consultant at Florida

Steve Spurrier is a pretty legendary name for the Florida Gators as he was a Heisman Trophy winning quarterback in 1966 and led them to the national title as a head coach in 1996. Now that his coaching career is over, he will help the Gators in a much different way

Just a month after the team announced they would name the field at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium after Spurrier, they announced he will join their athletic department as an ambassador and consultant. There are no details of his specific duties, but I am sure head coach Jim McElwain will take any of his advice.

“It’s a great day for the Gator Nation to be able to welcome Coach Spurrier back home,” athletic director Jeremy Foley said. “He has served as a tremendous ambassador to the University and the athletic department for 50-plus years and it’s only fitting that at this point in his career, he is back in Gainesville. Being a Gator has always meant so much to Coach Spurrier, but it means just as much to us have him come home.”

Steve Spurrier became the first Heisman Trophy winner in Florida Gator history in 1966 and then returned to the school as a head coach in 1990. He went 122-27-1 with six SEC titles and a national championship in 12 seasons with the Gators.

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