Steve Spurrier to have knee replacement surgery
January 7, 2012By Cavalier Dave Forrester of Hugh M Cummings High School
Spurrier has knee replacement surgery
COLUMBIA, S.C. — South Carolina head coach Steve Spurrier had knee replacement surgery Thursday in Columbia. The longplanned surgery “went great,” Spurrier’s wife, Jerri, said in a text message. Spurrier is expected to be released from the hospital Sunday, his wife said.
Spurrier, 66, is coming off a historic 11-win season with the Gamecocks, capped by Monday’s 30-13 victory against Nebraska in the Capital One Bowl.
A Heisman-Trophy winning quarterback at Florida in 1966, Spurrier played 10 years of pro football with the San Francisco 49ers and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
He has undergone four knee surgeries and two back operations in the past.
A few days before his 65th birthday, he told The State newspaper he was in better shape than he was at 25, when he was a backup quarterback for the San Francisco 49ers.
Spurrier said he works out five to six days a week and maintains a healthy diet. He refuses to keep the long hours that often lead to burnout among his peers.
“I just enjoy working out, and the feeling after you work out. After I work out, my knee feels better, my back feels better,” Spurrier said on the eve of his 65th birthday.
Most people who undergo knee replacement surgery are walking comfortably with minimal assistance after about six weeks. Once muscle strength is restored with physical therapy, people can enjoy most activities except running and jumping.