National Football Foundation

News Detail

Coach Steve Spurrier Set for Sept. 16 NFF Hall of Fame On-Campus Salute, Presented by Fidelity Investments
Florida and the National Football Foundation will jointly honor Spurrier, a 2017 College Football Hall of Fame inductee, as the Gators host Tennessee.
Published: 9/14/2017 12:15:00 PM

IRVING, Texas (Sept. 14, 2017) – The University of Florida and The National Football Foundation (NFF) & College Hall of Fame announced today that they will jointly honor former head coach Steve Spurrier with an NFF Hall of Fame On-Campus Salute, presented by Fidelity Investments. The Salute will take place this Saturday, Sept. 16, during the Gators’ game against Tennessee. Coverage of the game will start at 3:30 p.m. ET on CBS. Originally scheduled for Sept. 9, the Salute was rescheduled due to Hurricane Irma.

“This is one of the nicest honors I’ve ever received…to be inducted into the Hall of Fame is about as good as it gets,” Spurrier said during the announcement of the 2017 College Football Hall of Fame Class on ESPN’s SportsCenter in January.

The NFF Hall of Fame On-Campus Salute program, which began with the inaugural class in 1951, has become a hallowed tradition, and to this day the singular events remain the first of numerous activities in each inductee’s Hall of Fame experience. During the NFF Hall of Fame On-Campus Salutes, each inductee returns to his alma mater to accept a Hall of Fame plaque that will remain on permanent display at the institution. The events take place on the field during a home game, and many inductees cite the experience as the ultimate capstone to their careers, providing them one more chance to take the field and hear the crowd roar their name.

“Steve Spurrier truly left his mark as one of the most storied coaches in college football history,” said NFF President and CEO Steve Hatchell. “His legacy at Florida includes being the university’s winningest head coach and leading the Gators to their first national title. We are thrilled to honor him at “The Swamp,” where the field now bears his name.”

The winningest head coach in both Florida and South Carolina history, Spurrier becomes just the fourth person ever to be inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame as both a player and coach. The other three to earn the distinction are Bobby Dodd, Amos Alonzo Stagg and Bowden Wyatt.

Spurrier began his 26-year head coaching career at Duke from 1987-89. The ACC Coach of the Year in both 1988 and 1989, his 1989 team won the university’s first ACC title since 1962 and made its first bowl appearance since 1960.

Spurrier became the head coach at his alma mater, Florida, in 1990, compiling a 122-27-1 record over 12 seasons in “The Swamp.” His Gators appeared in back-to-back national championship games, winning the 1996 national title after defeating rival Florida State in the Sugar Bowl. During his tenure in Gainesville, Spurrier led the Gators to six wins in 11 bowl appearances, and he was named SEC Coach of the Year five times.

He helped the Gators win their first-ever conference title in 1991, and he added five more, including four straight from 1993-96 and one in 2000. At Florida, he became the only coach in major college football history to win at least 120 games in his first 12 seasons at one school, and his teams never finished lower than No. 13 in the final rankings.

After a stint coaching the NFL’s Washington Redskins, he became the head coach at South Carolina where he compiled an 86-49 record from 2005-15. Spurrier picked up two more SEC Coach of the Year honors, leading the Gamecocks to their first-ever SEC East title in 2010 and five bowl victories in nine berths.

His South Carolina teams finished in the top 25 four times, including a No. 4 ranking after the 2013 season. Spurrier guided the Gamecocks to historic wins in his first season at the helm, including their first-ever win against Tennessee in Knoxville and a victory over then-No. 12 Florida, who they had not beaten since 1939.

He joins Hall of Fame coach Bear Bryant (Kentucky and Alabama) as the only two coaches in college football history to have the most wins at two different SEC schools. During his career at all three universities, Spurrier coached one Heisman Trophy winner in Danny Wuerffel (Florida), 34 First Team All-Americans, 118 first team all-conference players and nine First Team Academic All-Americans.

He coached two members of the College Football Hall of Fame in Clarkston Hines (Duke) and Wuerffel (Florida), and he coached four NFF National Scholar-Athletes, including Campbell Trophy® winners Brad Culpepper (Florida) and Wuerffel (Florida).

The 1966 Heisman Trophy winner as the quarterback at Florida, Spurrier was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame as a player in 1986. He is a member of multiple other halls of fame, including the University of Florida and University of Florida Athletics. In 2016, his name was added to the Gators’ home field.

After a 10-year playing career with the San Francisco 49ers and Tampa Bay Buccaneers, he served as an assistant coach at Florida, Georgia Tech and Duke and as head coach of the USFL’s Tampa Bay Bandits. He currently serves as an ambassador and consultant for the Florida athletics department.

Spurrier becomes the fourth Florida coach to be inducted, joining Charlie Bachman (1928-32), Doug Dickey (1970-78) and Ray Graves (1960-69).

Eight former Gator players are also enshrined in the Hall: Carlos Alvarez (1969-71), Wes Chandler (1974-77), Wilber Marshall (1980-83), Emmitt Smith (1987-89), Steve Spurrier (1964-66), Dale Van Sickel (1927-29), Danny Wuerffel (1993-96) and Jack Youngblood (1968-70).

Including the 2017 class, only 987 players and 214 coaches have been inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame from the nearly 5.26 million people who have played or coached the game over the past 148 years. In other words, only two ten-thousandths of one percent (.0002) of those who have set foot on the gridiron have earned the distinction. Click here for a complete list of players and coaches in the Hall.

The 2017 College Football Hall of Fame Class will be officially inducted at the 60th NFF Annual Awards Dinner at the New York Hilton Midtown on Tuesday, Dec. 5. This year’s College Football Hall of Fame Class includes: Bob Crable (Notre Dame), Marshall Faulk (San Diego State), Kirk Gibson (Michigan State), Matt Leinart (Southern California), Peyton Manning (Tennessee), Bob McKay (Texas), Dat Nguyen (Texas A&M), Adrian Peterson (Georgia Southern), Mike Ruth (Boston College), Brian Urlacher (New Mexico) and coaches Danny Ford (Clemson, Arkansas), Larry Kehres (Mount Union [Ohio]) and Steve Spurrier (Duke, Florida, South Carolina). For more information on the Dinner, please contact Will Rudd at or by calling 972.556.1000.

The inductees will also be honored at the National Hall of Fame Salute at the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl on Jan. 1, 2018, and they will take part in a series of events at the College Football Hall of Fame in Atlanta where their accomplishments will be forever immortalized.

Remaining Scheduled 2017 NFF Hall of Fame On-Campus Salutes
Presented by Fidelity Investments
(Chronological Order)





Sept. 16

Matt Leinart

Southern California (2003-05)


Sept. 16

Coach Steve Spurrier

Florida (1990-2001)


Sept. 23

Kirk Gibson

Michigan State (1975-78)

Notre Dame

Sept. 30

Peyton Manning

Tennessee (1994-97)


Oct. 7

Bob McKay

Texas (1968-69)

Kansas State

Oct. 14

Marshall Faulk

San Diego State (1991-93)

Boise State

Oct. 21

Coach Steve Spurrier

Duke (1987-89)


Oct. 27

Mike Ruth

Boston College (1982-85)

Florida State

Oct. 28

Coach Danny Ford

Clemson (1978-89)

Georgia Tech

Nov. 4

Dat Nguyen

Texas A&M (1995-98)


The 2017 season marks the eighth season that Fidelity Investments, a leading provider of not-for-profit workplace retirement savings plans to higher education employees, is serving as the national presenting sponsor of the NFF Hall of Fame On-Campus Salutes. The salutes are one component of a multi-year initiative between the two organizations to celebrate the scholar-athlete ideal and a joint commitment to higher education. At the start of the 2014 season, Fidelity became the presenting sponsor of The William V. Campbell Trophy®, college football’s premier scholar-athlete award, which will be presented for the 28th time in 2017.

Other highlights of the sponsorship include Fidelity becoming the first presenting sponsor of the organization’s prestigious NFF National Scholar-Athlete Awards and helping launch the NFF Faculty Salutes, which recognize the contributions of the faculty athletics representatives around the country.

About Fidelity Investments
Fidelity’s mission is to inspire better futures and deliver better outcomes for the customers and businesses we serve. With assets under administration of $6.3 trillion, including managed assets of $2.3 trillion as of July 31, 2017, we focus on meeting the unique needs of a diverse set of customers: helping more than 26 million people invest their own life savings, 23,000 businesses manage employee benefit programs, as well as providing more than 12,500 financial advisory firms with investment and technology solutions to invest their own clients’ money. Privately held for 70 years, Fidelity employs more than 40,000 associates who are focused on the long-term success of our customers. For more information about Fidelity Investments, visit

About The National Football Foundation & College Hall of Fame
Founded in 1947 with early leadership from General Douglas MacArthur, legendary Army coach Earl "Red" Blaik and immortal journalist Grantland Rice, The National Football Foundation & College Hall of Fame is a non-profit educational organization that runs programs designed to use the power of amateur football in developing scholarship, citizenship and athletic achievement in young people. With 120 chapters and 12,000 members nationwide, NFF programs include, the College Football Hall of Fame in Atlanta, The William V. Campbell Trophy® presented by Fidelity Investments, annual scholarships of more than $1.3 million and a series of initiatives to honor the legends of the past and inspire the leaders of the future. NFF corporate partners include Delta Air Lines, Fidelity Investments, Herff Jones, New York Athletic Club, Pasadena Tournament of Roses, PrimeSport, the Sports Business Journal, Under Armour and VICIS. Learn more at

Created by the National Football Foundation, is the home for storytelling that promotes the power of amateur football.

corporate partners