GAINESVILLE, Fla. Steve Spurrier last coached the Gators 12 years ago, the same number of seasons he spent as Florida's head coach from 1990-2001.
Still, the 1966 Heisman Trophy winner and current South Carolina coach's shadow will always loom over The Swamp. Spurrier led the Gators to their first national championship in 1996 while re-energizing a football program and fan base with his Fun N Gun offense and famous quips.
Spurrier's place in Florida history the state, not the school added another distinction Thursday when Gov. Rick Scott designated Spurrier a "Great Floridian" during a ceremony at the F Club inside Ben Hill Griffin Stadium.
The Great Floridian honor is given in recognition of the outstanding achievements of men and women who have made significant contributions to the progress and welfare of Florida.
Former UF quarterback Tim Tebow last month joined the exclusive club, which prior to this year included only 66 honorees since the honor was established in 1981.