A man who achieved legendary status in football at the college and pro levels, building a reputation both as a player and as a coach, has announced his retirement. NBC Sports reports that Steve Spurrier retired from coaching, with multiple media outlets reporting that the move is effective immediately.
Spurrier, 70, is a former quarterback who played college ball at Florida in the 1960s before a long run in the NFL, mostly with the San Francisco 49ers. He went on to a celebrated career as a college coach, including returning to his alma mater for a stint as Florida head coach from 1990-2001 — which included winning the National Championship in 1996.
He spent two seasons as an NFL head coach with the Washington Redskins from 2002-2003, compiling a disappointing 12-20 overall record before returning to the college ranks.
He has been head coach at South Carolina since 2005.
Spurrier, the 1966 winner of the Heisman Trophy, has been named SEC Coach of the Year seven times and ACC Coach of the Year twice.