Gov. Scott: Steve Spurrier a 'Great Floridian'

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Gov. Rick Scott and Steve Spurrier stand on Florida Field in Ben Hill Griffin Stadium, which Spurrier nicknamed "The Swamp."

GAINESVILLE, Fla. - Florida Gov. Rick Scott is calling famed football coach Steve Spurrier a "Great Floridian."

The Republican governor gave Spurrier the award at a ceremony held at the University of Florida. Spurrier, the head coach at the University of South Carolina, won a Heisman Trophy for UF and also coached the team to a national title.

"I am truly honored to receive this award from Gov. Scott," Spurrier said. "As a former football player in Florida and current coach, I understand firsthand the positive impact football programs have on college student-athletes. It builds leadership, teamwork, and commitment. I am grateful to have had the opportunity to play football in Florida and help foster appreciation for the sport across our nation."

The "Great Floridian" designation" is given in recognition of the outstanding achievements of men and women who have made significant contributions to the progress and welfare of Florida.

A total of 70 people have gotten the distinction since 1971.

But Scott has recently handed out the designation to several people including quarterback Tim Tebow, former Tampa Bay Buccaneers coach Tony Dungy and former Bucs linebacker Derrick Brooks.

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