GAINESVILLE, Fla. -

Florida Gov. Rick Scott honored a football legend on Thursday.

Scott presented Steve Spurrier with the state’s “Great Floridian” award.

Spurrier won the Heisman Trophy while playing quarterback for the University of Florida, and later coached UF to a national championship.

He's now the head football coach of the South Carolina Gamecocks.

“As a former football player in Florida and current coach, I understand first-hand the positive impact football programs have on college student-athletes. It builds leadership, teamwork, and commitment," said Spurrier. "I am grateful to have had the opportunity to play football in Florida and help foster appreciation for the sport across our nation.”

The “Great Floridian” designation is given to those who have made significant contributions to the progress and welfare of Florida.

Only 70 people since 1981 have received the honor, including former governors, civil rights activists, military heroes and sports figures.