Chicago Tribune posts Raye of Light story
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Chicago Tribune posts Raye of Light story

Thanks to the Chicago Tribune for using Ed Sherman's story on "Raye of Light" first posted on

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More national attention will hopefully result in more people understanding Duffy Daugherty's Underground Railroad is an "untold" story and that Jimmy Raye has played a role changing the face of the game as the South's first black quarterback to win a national title, as a pioneer black coach and as a mentor to many coaches, including Tony Dungy.

Growing up as a kid in Big Rapids, Mich., I read the Detroit Free Press sports section religiously and looked through the Chicago Tribune pages with wonder anytime I could get my hands on it.

Kids today will have a hard time understanding "anytime I could get my hands on it," but that's how much technology has changed communication -- not to mention the newspaper industry. I once spoke to a high school journalism class and explained how I ran to the front door every morning to get the scores in the Free Press and imagined writing a story on one of the games.

When I noticed the blank looks staring back at me, I explained to them this was before ESPN and cell phones.

The last time my name was in the Chicago Tribune was spring break in 1977 when a group of us from Wonders Hall rented a motorhome and drove to Fort Lauderdale. We were cruising down one of the main drags when we came across a Chicago Tribune feature writer assigned a story on college students invading Fort Lauderdale for spring break. He came aboard when we were at a stop light and used a quote from me. I wish I could tell you I said something profound.

The "Raye of Light" story in the Chicago Tribune, of course, is much more rewarding.

A premise of the “Raye of Light” is placing the proper credit for the integration of college football with the ground-breaking roles played by Michigan State, Jimmy Raye and Duffy Daugherty. Raye was the South's first black quarterback to win a national title.


Tom Shanahan

Tom Shanahan

Tom Shanahan is an award-winning sportswriter and the author of "Raye of Light". Tom spent the bulk of his career in San DIego writing for the San Diego Union-Tribune, Voice of San Diego, the San Diego Hall of Champions and He contributes to the Detroit Free Press, Raleigh News & Observer,, and the National Football Foundation's Football Matters. He won multiple first-place awards from the San Diego Press Club and first place from the Copley News Service Ring of Truth Awards. The National Football Foundation/San Diego Chapter presented him its Distinguished American Award in 2003. USA Track and Field’s San Diego Chapter presented its President’s Award in 2000.

Raye of Light: Jimmy Raye, Duffy Daugherty, the integration of college football and the 1965-66 Michigan State Spartans. It explains Duffy Daugherty's pioneering role and debunks myths that steered recognition away from him to Bear Bryant.

By Tom Shanahan; Foreword by Tony Dungy; August Publications

David Maraniss, Pulitzer Prize winner and biographer: "History writes people out of the story. It's our job to write them back in."