No. 15 Florida has a lot to be happy about. The Gators are 5-1, they’re atop the SEC-East and they have Steve Spurrier back in the program.
Yes, things are pretty great in Gainesville right now.
“Well, when you’re winning, everybody gets along, so everybody is pretty happy at this point,” former Heisman winner Danny Wuerffel said on CBS Sports Radio’s Gio and Jones. “His role officially is as consultant and an ambassador. The ambassador is probably a more familiar role where you help with the different booster events and the Gator Club and some of the fundraising. He’ll obviously be well-received at that. People love him. The consulting piece just means he goes to practice, he watches practice and the games and he can meet with Coach (Jim) McElwain and share some thoughts and ideas. McElwain has welcomed that. They’re doing great. We’ll see how that unfolds. They’re lucky to have him.”
Wuerffel, 42, played for Spurrier at Florida from 1993-96. They won a national title together in 1996.
“I’ve known him obviously for all these years,” Wuerffel said. “I don’t think I’ve ever seen him as just delightfully happy and relaxed as he is right now. He’s so happy to be back in Gainesville, so happy to be part of a program. He calls me all the time to say, ‘Hey, Danny, you know how many points you scored at home your senior year? I bet you don’t know. Averaged over 50. All right, have a good day, my man.’ It’s just great having him back.”
Wuerffel incurred Spurrier’s wrath numerous times during his playing days at Florida. But he also experienced Spurrier’s humorous side – even if Spurrier wasn’t trying to be funny.
“I threw an interception and I thought it was the receiver’s fault,” Wuerffel recalled. “(Coach Spurrier) said, ‘Danny, don’t worry. It’s not your fault. It’s my fault for putting you in the game.’”