Stephen Orr Spurrier (born April 20, 1945) is an American college football coach and former professional coach, and former college and professional player. Spurrier is a native of Florida, graduated from high school in Tennessee, and is an alumnus of the University of Florida, where he played college football. He was a two-time All-American quarterback, and was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame as a player. Spurrier played professional football for the San Francisco 49ers and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers of the National Football League (NFL) for ten seasons in the 1960s and 1970s. He is best known for winning the Heisman Trophy in 1966, and for coaching the University of Florida Gators football team to six Southeastern Conference (SEC) championships and a consensus national championship in 1996. Spurrier is the current head coach of the University of South Carolina Gamecocks football team.
Spurrier attended Science Hill High School in Johnson City, Tennessee, where he was a three-sport letterman starring in high school football, basketball and baseball for the Science Hill Hilltoppers. In three years as the starting pitcher for Science Hill, he never lost a game and led his team to two consecutive state baseball championships. He was an all-state selection in football, basketball and baseball, and a high school All-American quarterback.
After graduating from Science Hill, Spurrier received an athletic scholarship to attend the University of Florida in Gainesville, Florida, and played quarterback for coach Ray Graves' Florida Gators football team from 1964 to 1966. In addition to being a stellar passer, he gained notoriety by waving off the starting place-kicker and booting a forty-yard field goal to defeat Auburn 30–27 in a key game during his senior season in 1966. Spurrier finished his three-year, thirty-one-game career as Florida's starting quarterback having completed 392 of 692 attempts, with 4,848 passing yards, thirty-seven touchdowns and 442 yards rushing. In addition to winning the Heisman Trophy as a senior, he was selected as a Football Writers Association first-team All-American as junior in 1965 and a unanimous first-team All-American in 1966. He was also the recipient of the Gators' Fergie Ferguson Award, recognizing the "senior football player who displays outstanding leadership, character and courage."