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1966 - 32nd Award
Steve Spurrier
Florida Back

“Super Steve” Spurrier, University of Florida quarterback 6’2, 203 pounds, broke many Florida and South eastern Conference records. This brilliant field general had a tremendous gridiron career that spanned 31 games. He completed 392 passes out of 692 attempts for a total yardage of 4,848, which included 37 touchdowns and picked up 442 yards rushing. Steve was the number one draft choice of the San Francisco ‘49ers where he played for nine years spelling John Brodie as quarterback in 1972 and leading the ‘49ers to a third consecutive NFC West Title. His best day as a quarterback came against Minnesota in 1973 when he completed 31 out of 48 attempts for 320 yards. In the great ’72 season he threw for five touchdown passes against Chicago to tie Brodie and Albert for the record. He was head coach at the collegiate level for 15 years. At Duke University he was 20-13-1 and won the ACC Championship in 1989, Duke’s first in 27 years. While head coach at his alma mater, Florida, his team won the SEC Championship in 1990, ’91, ’93, ’94, ’95, ’96 & 2000. His record at Florida was 122-27-1 for 12 years. This makes him the winningest coach in his tenure at one school in NCAA history. His teams have also won the SEC Conference Championship in seven of his 12 years. He is a member of the Orange Bowl Hall of Fame, the Gator Bowl Hall of Fame, and the Tennessee Sports Hall of Fame. He is currently the Head Football Coach at the University of South Carolina. He has been married to the former Jerri Starr for 39 years. They have four children, Lisa Amy, Steve, Jr. and Scotty, and seven grandchildren, Trey Gatson King, Davis Graham King, Jake Moody, Kyle Spurrier Moody, Lauren Moody Gavin Spurrier, Luke Spurrier and Emma Spurrier.

Elected to the National Football Foundation and College Hall of Fame in 1986.

The Voting

 

Points

 

Place

Name

School

Pos.

1

2

3

Total

1stSteve SpurrierFloridaSr.QB43315080 1,659
2ndBob GriesePurdueSr.QB184 9574 816
3rdNick EddyNotre DameSr.HB 39 12099 456
4thGary BebanUCLAJr.QB 23 7697 318
5thFloyd LittleSyracuseSr.RB 25 7081 296
6thClint JonesMichigan StateSr.RB 22 4352 204
7th Mel FarrUCLASr.RB 10 29 27 115
8thTerry HanrattyNotre DameSo.QB 12 2316 98
9thLloyd PhillipsArkansasSr.DT 13 10 8 67
10thGeorge PattonGeorgiaSr.DT 1 23 17 62

Florida's Steve Spurrier took every section except for the Midwest, which went to Bob Griese of Purdue. Griese's second-place finish started a succession of near misses for Boilermaker players, who finished third, second and second again over the next three seasons.

No. registered electors: 1,160
Date of announcement: November 22, 1966
Date of dinner: December 1, 1966

The positions within each region are as follows:

PlaceEASTSOUTHMIDWESTSOUTHWESTFAR WEST
1stSpurrierSpurrierGrieseSpurrierSpurrier
2ndLittleLittleSpurrierPhillipsBeban
3rdEddyEddyEddyEddyGriese
4thGrieseBebanJonesBebanEddy
5thBebanGrieseBebanLittle Farr

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