1966 Heisman Trophy Winner
Not only did Spurrier become Florida's first Heisman Trophy winner, but he later coached the Gators to their first
football national championship
Along with winning the 1966 Heisman Trophy, Spurrier has created a legacy that extends far beyond
his playing career.
Steve Spurrier 1966 Heisman
Season in Review
Spurrier entered the season as a returning First-Team All-American from
the 1965 season that saw the Gators QB lead the team to a 7-4 record.
The following year, Spurrier's excellent play helped Florida to achieve a
9-2 record and a #11 ranking in the Coaches poll.
Key moments during Spurrier's Heisman season included his directing the Gators to a comeback win over Florida State and a his efforts in a last-minute win over Auburn.
His astonishing effort against Auburn
included his waving off the Gators field goal kicker so that he could
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Heisman legacy began to emerge.
On the season, Spurrier completed 179 of 291 passes for 2,012 yards.
The Gators QB threw 16 TD's vs. only 8 Int's and added 66 rushing yards.
Spurrier also made 3 field goals.
Spurrier's Pro Football Career
Although Spurrier was a two-time All-American entering the NFL, his
collegiate success did not parlay into similar results on the pro level. The
San Francisco 49ers selected him in the first round (3rd overall pick) of
the 1967 NFL Draft.
Although his career spanned a decade he primarily served as a backup in San Francisco before concluding his pro career with the expansion Tampa Bay Buccaneers in 1976.
Spurrier played in 106 games,
completing 597 of 1,151 passes for 6,878 career passing yards and 40
A Championship Coach
Although he will forever be remembered for his collegiate coaching
prowess, Spurrier's first head coaching stint began in 1983 when he led
the USFL's Tampa Bay Bandits for three seasons. Following a 31-25
record, Spurrier accepted Duke University's head coaching position in
Despite Duke being a mere shadow of its once prominent college football status, Spurrier guided the Blue Devils to it's first ACC championship in 27 years as Duke's leader was named National Coach of the Year in both of his seasons at Duke.
In time for the 1990 season Spurrier accepted the head coach position at Florida. Although the Gators had achieved previous success, the program still sought its first official SEC championship. Spurrier implemented his "Fun n' Gun" offense that profoundly impacted the SEC and all of college football through the 2011 season.
•6 SEC Championships
•1 National Championship (1966)
•5-time winner of the SEC Coach of the Year award
•Became the first Heisman Trophy winner to coach a Heisman
winner when Danny Wuerffel won the award in 1996.