The Steve Spurrier era with the Redskins is best defined by one quote, "5-11, not very good." There were other highlights, or lowlights, of the two years Spurrier served as head coach of the Burgundy and Gold — everyone remembers Osaka — but in the end, the NFL proved to be the wrong place for the Ol' Ball Coach.
The right place, however, was the college football ranks.
In 26 seasons coaching college football across three stops (Duke, Florida and South Carolina) Spurrier won 228 games and one national title. At Florida, Spurrier's team famously throttled the SEC with the Fun 'n' Gun attack. In 12 seasons from 1990 to 2001, Spurrier's teams went 122-27-1 in what is considered the toughest conference in college football.
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After his Redskins tenure ended with a 12-20 record, Spurrier returned to the SEC to coach at South Carolina. He recruited elite talent and brought the Gamecocks from laughingstock to contender, winning 86 games in 11 seasons. Even in his first coaching stop at Duke, Spurrier won 20 games in three years. Add it all up, and of course Spurrier has been named to the College Football Hall of Fame.
Here's the latest College Football Hall of Fame induction class pic.twitter.com/I31si7UBM3— Dave Matter (@Dave_Matter) January 9, 2017
Spurrier's induction among college football's greats is deserved. Don't forget as a player, Spurrier won the 1966 Heisman Trophy as a quarterback at Florida.
A tremendous college coach, Spurrier should be celebrated for his unique way of motivating players and needling opposing coaches. He's also a tremendous quote. Enjoy some of his greatest hits from the Redskins era below.
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