Thursday March 10, 2011Florida To Unveil Heisman Statues At Halftime Of Spring Game
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 presented by Scotts, on April 9, featuring 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. We are grateful for the private donations that made the project possible. We are also thankful for the work and cooperation of the Campus Facilities Planning and Construction Department that assisted us in following University policy and procedure that helped bring this project to fruition. 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 and were sculpted by Sandy Proctor. They were provided to the University of Florida 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 the college football’s most prestigious award.