It takes one ambassador to know another ambassador.
Former South Carolina coach Steve Spurrier is now a consultant and ambassador at his alma mater, the University of Florida, after serving in a similar role at USC.
He paid tribute Thursday night to an ambassador-to-be.
“People didn’t think being an ambassador was all that important until the the governor of South Carolina Nikki Haley gave up her job to be ambassador to the United Nations,” Spurrier said. “So I guess my position is a little more important than people thought.”
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Spurrier was honored in the Contributions to College Football category on an ESPN awards show.
“Steve Spurrier has left an indelible impression on college football in his career that has spanned the better part of six decades as a player and coach,” said the Maxwell Football Club’s Mark Wolpert, president of the NCFAA, which gave Spurrier Thursday’s award. “Coach Spurrier has touched so many during his career and he has certainly earned his place as one of the all-time greats in the game.”