UF to unveil Spurrier, Wuerffel, Tebow statues at spring game


Gator Heisman winners, from left, Steve Spurrier, Danny Wuerffel and Tim Tebow.

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Published: Thursday, March 10, 2011 at 12:24 p.m.
Last Modified: Thursday, March 10, 2011 at 12:24 p.m.

The University of Florida will unveil three statues outside of Ben Hill Griffin Stadium at halftime of the team's spring game, the Orange & Blue Debut, on April 9. The statues feature the school's three Heisman winners: Steve Spurrier (1966), Danny Wuerffel (1996) and Tim Tebow (2007).

“We are very proud to recognize the accomplishments of our Heisman Trophy winners,” said senior associate athletics director Chip Howard.




“The statues will give our fans an opportunity to see and capture a real-life visual image of each of the storied athletes. ... The sculptor, Sandy Proctor, was meticulous in every phase of the process and did a tremendous job bringing the likeness and personality to each of the statues.”

The life-sized statues will be installed on the west side of the stadium near the skybox entrance, and the unveiling will be shown on Florida's scoreboards inside the stadium. All three honorees will have a level of participation in the event.

The statues weigh a combined 17,000 pounds. They were provided to UF through private donations.

Florida is one of eight schools in the nation with at least three Heisman trophy winners and one of two with at least three quarterbacks who have won college football's most prestigious award.

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