Photo: Jimmy Raye at halftime of Michigan State's Hall of Fame weekend
Thanks to The Athletic for a story on Jimmy Raye and citing "Raye of Light."
EAST LANSING, Mich. — The lobby of the Wharton Center for Performing Arts is buzzing on this late-September evening. Cameras are flickering in the near background. Chatter is building with each passing minute. In a few short hours, a full-circle moment over 50 years in the making will finally arrive. ... click link to continue reading.
My comment at the end of this story:
Great job, Colton, The story of Duffy Daugherty's Underground Railroad and his passengers can never be overstated. Those teams led the integration of college football, but unfortunately revisionist history centered on myths about the 1970 USC-Alabama game (played on Saturday night with no TV) have usurped credit that belongs to Daugherty and his Underground Railroad players. Those teams belong on the Mt. Rushmore of American teams that opened doors and minds to integration. Bubba Smith was the most famous of the players, but Jimmy Raye broke barriers as a black quarterback and black coach in college and the NFL. -- Tom Shanahan
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Tom Shanahan, Author: Raye of Light http://tinyurl.com/knsqtqu
-- Book on Michigan State's leading role in the integration of college football. It explains Duffy Daugherty's untold pioneering role and debunks myths that steered recognition away from him to Bear Bryant.
David Maraniss, Pulitzer Prize winner and biographer; "History writes people out of the story. It's our job to write them back in."