Scott Designates Spurrier A “Great Floridian”

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COLUMBIA, SC – OCTOBER 06: Head coach Steve Spurrier of the South Carolina Gamecocks celebrates after their 35-7 win over the Georgia Bulldogs at Williams-Brice Stadium on October 6, 2012 in Columbia, South Carolina. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

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MIAMI (CBSMiami) – It’s been a few years since Steve Spurrier was honored in the Sunshine State, but Governor Rick Scott did just that Thursday when he named Spurrier a “Great Floridian.”

The “Great Floridian” designation is given to recognize outstanding achievements of men and women who have made great contributions to the progress and welfare of Florida. Only 70 people have received the distinction since 1971.

Spurrier made an impact at the University of Florida as a player, winning the school’s first Heisman Trophy; and then coaching the Gators to a national championship and reestablishing UF as a power in the Southeastern Conference.

The Head Ball Coach as he’s sometimes referred is still going strong in college football. He’s rebuilt the South Carolina Gamecocks program into an SEC power and will likely challenge for another SEC East title again in 2013.

Scott has handed out the Great Floridian designation to several former football stars and coaches including Tim Tebow, former Tampa Bay Buccaneers coach Tony Dungy, and former Buccaneers and Florida State Seminoles linebacker Derrick Brooks.

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