Steve Spurrier is a famous and successful American Football player. Although, now retired, he continues to serve as a coach, imparting his wisdom to keen younger players. He has coached both college and professional teams and over the course of his career has picked up the nickname, “Head Ball Coach”. To know more about Steve Spurrier’s Net worth in 2018 continue reading.
Steve Spurrier Early Life
Steve Spurrier was born in Miami Beach, Florida on the 20th of April, 1945. His father, J. Graham Spurrier was a Presbyterian minister. As Graham Spurrier changed congregations frequently, the family had to move around repeatedly during Steve’s early childhood. He has spent his growing years in various cities, like Charlotte, North Carolina, New Port in Tennessee and Johnson City. However, it was during his stay at Johnson City that Steve Spurrier first started manifesting his athletic talents. He became known as a good athlete all over the city, but at this point his best game was baseball. Steve Spurrier got married to his lover from college, Jerri Starr. They had four children together – Lisa, Amy, Steve Jr and Scott. Both Steve Jr and Scott took up football as a profession inspired by their father. While he was in Johnson City, Tennessee, Steve Spurrier attended the “Science Hill High School” and during this time he went on to proven himself as a proficient sportsman playing and acing three sports simultaneously- baseball, basketball and football. He even led the school teams in these sports to state level wins. With his records, he drew the attention of several reputed colleges and this is how he found his way into the University of Florida.
Steve Spurrier Career, Awards & Achievement
Steve Spurrier’s famed achievements in the various sports he played while in High School caught the eye of the then coach of Florida University, Ray Graves who decided to offer him a football scholarship. His career in College Football was between 1963 and 1966 during which he played 31 games and managed to maintain mind-blowing statistics, thereby garnering several awards. His career in League Football started with the “San Francisco 49ers” in 1967. However, it was not until 1975 that he had his first breakthrough match against the ‘Los Angeles Rams’, thereby becoming an indispensable part of the squad.
In April 1976, Steve Spurrier was shifted to the extension team “Tampa Bay Buccaneers”. After this, began the downhill climb of his career. While with “Tampa Bay Buccaneers”, he hardly witnessed any wins and became increasingly frustrated. The team coach, John Mc Kay’s decision to cut him out of the team further added to his woes leading to his eventual decision of quitting professional football in 1977.
In 1978, Steve Spurrier got his first coaching job at the University of Florida. After working as an assistant coach in a couple of other institutions, he finally became the head coach for the “Tampa Bay Bandits” who went on to play in the new United States Football League. He coached a few more teams before retiring in 2015. He currently serves as a consultant to the University of Florida’s athletic department.
Awards and Achievements
Steve Spurrier was the only player from a losing team to be named the MVP of the Sugar Bowl. He also was the recipient of the prestigious Heisman Trophy and Water Camp Memorial Trophy among a host of other accolades. He is known for winning a national championship and playing for another. He also has a record of winning six SEC championships.
Aside from his larger achievements, Steve Spurrier has been given a position in the University of Florida Hall of Fame.
Net Worth of Steve Spurrier
The total estimated net worth of Steve Spurrier in the year 2018 is about $17 million. His considerable fortune is the result of his record-breaking career both as a distinguished football player and coach.
If there is one thing that we can learn looking at Steve Spurrier’s career is the ability to take everything in our stride and to bounce back every time the world thinks we are over! A personality of his calibre remains forever etched in the public memory.