Statues of Heisman Trophy winners coming soon

By Adam Silverstein
June 16, 2010

Portions of the following article first appeared on OGGOA on Feb. 2, 2010.

If the enshrinement of “The Promise” speech outside Heavener Football Complex was not enough for you, former Florida Gators quarterback Tim Tebow will now be immortalized in front of The Swamp as a bronze statue, too.

The Gainesville Sun’s Pat Dooley learned back in February that Tebow – along with former QB Danny Wuerffel and former head coach and QB Steve Spurrier – will be enshrined in bronze statues on the west side of Ben Hill Griffin Stadium.

The goal of the project is to not only honor the Gators’ three Heisman Trophy winners but also, arguably, the three most important players in program history. Dooley reported that the University Athletic Association hired sculptor W. Stanley “Sandy” Proctor out of Tallahassee, FL, to work on the three statues.

The Sun has since confirmed that the University Athletic Association board unanimously approved the project Wednesday.

Each statue will be 15 percent larger than life-sized and will feature the players in different stances. Tebow will have the ball tucked and in a running motion while Wuerffel and Spurrier will be dropping back to pass.

In all, the statues will cost $550,000 – all funded by private donations – and will be installed in front of the stadium at the beginning of 2011. Tebow, Wuerffel and Spurrier are all expected to attend the ceremony.

7 Comments

  1. alex says:

    They need to include Harvin, w/o him we do not beat the Sooners.

  2. Mr2Bits says:

    This should really piss all the Tebow haters off even more…….love it.

  3. Preston says:

    I like this….

    and I think we all know that Urban’s statue is inevitable, which I look forward to the MOST.

    Thanks Steve, Danny, Tim, and Urban for making being a Florida Gator an honor and a privilege.

    GO GATORS!

  4. O-town Gator says:

    Preston, if that school out west cast a bronze of ol’ Booby Bowden, we can do the same for Urban. I’m with you there.

    As for the Tebow haters getting their feathers ruffled again, tough. Timmy deserves every honor he receives from UF as far as I’m concerned.

  5. ReptilesRule says:

    Well deserved. How about the 04’s?? They were improbable back to back champs, one of the best college teams ever!

  6. Escambia94 says:

    I believe Urban Meyer will herbs statue one day. Let’s hold it over his head for a while that he does not have a statue until he has been around a while. The next time he threatens to leave we give him a statue. I cannot afford another heart attack like last year when he threatened to leave!

  7. Preston says:

    I agree^^ that was a tough time… URBAN = FLORIDA FOOTBALL.

    And we are all thankful and blessed 2 have him lead our program.

    p.s. GO GATORS BASEBALL!!!

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