Florida Gators to build Heisman Trophy statues by The Swamp
Tebow, Wuerffel, Spurrier to be honored
GAINESVILLE – Florida will construct individual bronze statues of former Heisman Trophy winners Tim Tebow, Danny Wuerffel and Steve Spurrier outside of Ben Hill Griffin Stadium after the 2010 season, University Athletic Association board members approved Wednesday.
Private donations will cover the estimated $550,000 cost of the larger-than-life statues, which will appear on the west side of the stadium.
Associate Athletics Director Greg McGarity said UF wanted to show its pride in having three Heisman winners – Spurrier (1966), Wuerffel (1996) and Tebow (2007).
"Construction can't be this fall, so some time after the new year starts we can get the three honorees together," McGarity said.
Florida isn't alone in the statue game. Alabama plans to finish a Nick Saban statue outside Bryant-Denny Stadium in the coming weeks. A Bobby Bowden statue is located outside of Doak Campbell Stadium, and Oklahoma has honored Billy Vessels, Oklahoma's first Heisman Trophy winner, with a statue.
Tebow already has made his presence felt outside of The Swamp with words from his famous "Promise" speech engraved outside the Heavener Football Complex.
Supposedly to be put up in 2011.