My Free Press story with Roaf on Ragnow
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My Free Press story with Roaf on Ragnow

Hall of Famer, whose father was MSU pioneer, sees Pro Bowl future for Ragnow

Photo: Nick Saban consoled Frank Ragnow when he chose to play in the Arkansas-Alabama the week after his father died. Ragnow said his father would have wanted him to play. Saban told him his father died when he was a graduate school student.

By now, the slicing and dicing of Frank Ragnow's measurables is complete.

The Detroit Lions examined the height, weight and quickness of the 6-foot-5, 312-pound center from Arkansas. They used their first-round draft pick on him. ... 

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Tom Shanahan

Tom Shanahan

Tom Shanahan is an award-winning sportswriter and the author of "Raye of Light". Tom has also written for the San Diego Union-Tribune, Voice of San Diego,,, and Gameday Central. He has 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 and USA Track and Field’s San Diego Chapter 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

By Tom Shanahan; Foreword by Tony Dungy; August Publications

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