Steve Spurrier (Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
Gainesville, FL (WLTX) - University of South Carolina Head Coach Steve Spurrier is now a recipient of the "Great Floridian Award."
Florida Governor Rick Scott presented the award to Spurrier Thursday down in Gainesville.
The award recognizes the "outstanding achievements of men and women who have made significant contributions to the progress and welfare of Florida."
Spurrier won a Heisman Trophy as a quarterback for the Florida Gators, then led the school to a national championship as a coach.
"It is an honor to present the 'Great Floridian' award to football legend and Florida Gator Steve Spurrier," Scott said. "Coach Spurrier is an excellent role model for college student-athletes. As a player and as a coach, he has proven to be a true competitor and leader. Steve's innovative "Fun" and "Gun" coaching style and talent changed the way football in the South is played. I am honored to recognize his accomplishments."
"As a former football player in Florida and current coach, I understand first-hand the positive impact football programs have on college student-athletes," Spurrier said in a statement. "It builds leadership, teamwork, and commitment. I am grateful to have had the opportunity to play football in Florida and help foster appreciation for the sport across our nation."
Seventy people have earned the award since 1981.