The regular season for Florida Gator football will be starting in 74 days and in January of 2011, the University of Florida will have three new statues standing tall on its campus. Yes, that’s right – Florida’s three Heisman winners, Steve Spurrier, Danny Wuerffel, and Tim Tebow will be honored with larger than life statues outside of Ben Hill Griffin Stadium.
“The statues are a way of marking the success of Gator players who have won one of college football’s most significant awards,” said Florida’s Athletic Director, Jeremy Foley.
Apparently, the statues are going to cost about $550,000 which is covered by private donations…um…can someone privately donate to me? Haha… =) Anyways, Wuerffel and Spurrier will be shown passing, and Tebow will be shown running the ball. I guess I never realized the University of Florida was one of the few universities to have won at least three Heismans. But Florida definitely won’t be the first university to honor Heisman winners with statues. University of Oklahoma led the way on that one with statues honoring their past five Heisman Trophy winners.
I’m excited to see the statues when they finally arrive to the Ben Hill Griffin Stadium and did I mention there is only 74 days until the regular season? =)
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