Raye MLK Day guest on Drive with Jack
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Raye MLK Day guest on Drive with Jack

Photo: Jimmy Raye (right) as a New York Jets assistant with Romeo Crennel

Jimmy Raye was a guest on Martin Luther King Day on The Drive with Jack and Tom on their sports talk radio show in Lansing.

Raye, enshrined in the Michigan State Hall of Fame in the Class of 2018, was the South's first black quarterback to win a national title. He was the quarterback on the Spartans' 1966 team that played Notre Dame to a 10-10 in the Game of the Century. The National Football Foundation named the teams co-champions as recipients of the MacArthur Bowl Trophy. The National Football Foundation still awards the MacArthur Bowl Trophy to the national champion, although it is now presented to the winner of the College Football Playoff.

Raye was also a pioneer among African-American coaches in college and the NFL. Duffy Daugherty hired him on his Michigan State staff in 1972. He moved on to the NFL in 1978 with the San Francisco 49ers. Later, John Robinson hired him as one of the first black offensive coordinators in 1983.

Martin Luther King spoke at Michigan State in February 1965 between receiving the Nobel Peace Prize in Oslo and the Selma to Montgomery March.

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-- 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.

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

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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. He has covered NCAA Tournaments, Super Bowls, Rose Bowls, the NBA Finals and the World Series in a career that included writing for Voice of San Diego, the San Diego Hall of Champions and Chargers.com. He contributes to the Detroit Free Press, Raleigh News & Observer, MLB.com, Rivals.com 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."