Photo: Jimmy Raye breaks free for yardage in the 1966 Game of the Century against Notre Dame.
Jimmy Raye was a recent guest on The Drive with Jack. Host Jack Ebling and co-host Graham Couch, a columnist at the Lansing State Journal, invited Raye to talk about the upcoming 50th anniversary of the Spartans' 1965 national championship team -- the first of back-to-back Big Ten and national title.
Raye's segment on the show begins at the 1 hour, 30-minute mark.
Raye also discussed his long friendship with Charlie Sanders, the Pro Football Hall of Fame tight end with the Detroit Lions that passed away from cancer.
Raye, the South's first black quarterback on Michigan State's 1966 national co-championship team, knew Sanders as high school rivals in then-segregated North Carolina. Raye played for Fayetteville E.E. Smith and Sanders for Greensboro Dudley. Both players were football, basketball and baseball stars in high school.