Photo: Jim Proebstle
Michigan State's Jim Proebstle, a tight end on the Spartans' 1965 national championship team, appeared on July 27 with Adam Gold on WRAL The Fan. They discussed the latest CTE news. Jim wrote a book, Unintended Impact, on how his older brother, Dick Proebstle, suffered from CTE later in life and died. Dick suffered a concussion in spring football in 1964 that ended his career. Jim grew up with his brother playing youth football, high school ball at Central Catholic in Canton, Ohio, and at Michigan State.
When Dick's college career ended, he spent his senior year serving as a Michigan State freshmen team coach. Jimmy Raye credited Dick with teaching him the offense as a steppingstone to becoming a starter for the Spartans. Raye, of Fayetteville, N.C., was the South's first quarterback to win a national title. He led the Spartans' 1966 team that played Notre Dame in the Game of the Century. Notre Dame and Michigan State played to 10-10 tie, finished 9-0-1 and were named national co-champions by the National Football Foundation.