COURTESY OF THE MAXWELL FOOTBALL CLUB
The 26th annual show will be hosted by Chris Fowler and aired from the National Football Foundation College Football Hall of Fame in Atlanta for a second consecutive year. “I am extremely honored to receive the NCFAA Contributions Award for 2016,” Spurrier, 71, said. “This recognition to join so many of the truly outstanding college coaches on this list is an award I will cherish forever. Thanks to the NCFAA for presenting this to me.”
Spurrier’s 1996 Florida team, which was led by Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback Danny Wuerffel, won the national championship. Wuerffel will present the NCFAA Contributions to College Football Award to him. “I’m thrilled to know Coach Spurrier is receiving the NCFAA Contributions to College Football Award this year,” Wuerffel said. “He certainly changed the course of my life, and I can’t think of anyone more deserving of this award than the ‘Head Ball Coach.’”
The National College Football Awards Association (NCFAA) has presented the award on the show since 2002 to recognize an individual who has made exceptional contributions to the sport. The winner of the award annually “has been closely associated with college football as a player, coach, administrator, media personality or other person attendant to the game.”
“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. “His leadership and his ability to innovate are reflected in his success building programs at Duke, Florida and South Carolina. 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.”
Previous winners of this NCFAA award are Darrell Royal (2002); Keith Jackson (2003); Vince Dooley (2004); Tom Osborne (2005); Chuck Neinas (2006); Frank Broyles (2007); Bobby Bowden (2008); LaVell Edwards (2009); Lee Corso (2010); Roy Kramer (2011); Ara Parseghian (2012); John Gagliardi (2013); Grant Teaff (2014), and Barry Switzer (2015).