Let’s celebrate Steve Spurrier’s 71st birthday with some of his best quotes

Steve Spurrier turns 71 today.

Head coach Steve Spurrier of the Florida Gators is carried off the field by players following the Gators'' 28-6 victory over Auburn to win the Southeastern Conference (SEC) Championship at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta, Georgia. (Mandatory Credit: Jamie Squire/ALLSPORT)

Head coach Steve Spurrier of the Florida Gators is carried off the field by players following the Gators” 28-6 victory over Auburn to win the Southeastern Conference (SEC) Championship at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta, Georgia. (Mandatory Credit: Jamie Squire/ALLSPORT)

To celebrate the former Gators head coach’s birthday, let’s take a look back at 10 of his best quotes. Spurrier has given a lot of them over the years.

[Mailbag: Will Tyrie Cleveland be the next great Gators freshman wide receiver?]

[Trio of JUCO signees poised to make immediate impact for Gators]

On a fire at an Auburn library that destroyed 20 books: “The real tragedy was that 15 hadn’t been colored yet.”

On Florida State: “You know what FSU stands for, don’t you? Free Shoes University.”

On Jadeveon Clowney getting a speeding ticket: “I didn’t know Jadeveon’s car could go that fast. He doesn’t have a pretty car like those FSU guys used to drive.”

On recruiting in Alabama: “In 12 years at Florida, I don’t think we ever signed a kid from the state of Alabama … Of course, we found out later that the scholarships they were giving out at Alabama were worth a whole lot more than ours.”

On positives that come with playing Georgia early: “I don’t know. I sort of always liked playing them that second game because you could always count on them having two or three key players suspended.”

On Georgia’s recruiting efforts: “Why is it that during recruiting season they sign all the great players, but when it comes time to play the game, we have all the great players? I don’t understand that. What happens to them?”

On Tennessee: “You can’t spell Citrus without U-T.”

On Tennessee’s coaching turnover: “Will be the 14th time I’ve coached in Neyland Stadium. … I’ve coached there more than some of their head coaches.”

On former Vols QB Peyton Manning: “I know why Peyton came back for his senior year. He wanted to be a three-time star of the Citrus Bowl.”

On why he was still coaching at an old age: “The Pope is 77 years old and he’s in charge of a billion people. All I have to do is put 11 on the field.”