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Riki Ellison impact felt beyond playing days

Riki Ellison impact felt beyond playing days

The Polynesian Football Hall of Fame honors pioneering athletes that have excelled at a purely American game originated on the other side of the globe from their South Pacific roots.Riki Ellison, the first Maori- and New Zealand-born athlete to play in the NFL, joins the...

Marshall Faulk receives due from Hall of Fame

Marshall Faulk receives due from Hall of Fame

So many great and deserving players were named to the College Football Hall of Fame’s Class of 2017 on Monday by the National Football Foundation. Where to start the singling out?Consider:Click here for the rest of my FanRagSports story

Apisa tells story of game ball returning home

Apisa tells story of game ball returning home

Michigan State All-American fullback Bob Apisa missed the 1966 Game of the Century with a knee injury, but decades later he tucked the game ball under his arm for one last carry. It was a house fire he escaped rather than Notre Dame’s tacklers. “The first thing I did was grab...

Matau adds chapter to Polynesian football

Matau adds chapter to Polynesian football

GREENVILLE, N.C. – The better Christian Matau plays this year, the more the East Carolina center will need to study Polynesian football history.He was named to the watch list for the Polynesian Football Player of the Year Award that is named Dec. 7 and presented Jan. 20 at the...

Men of Sparta at Traverse City Film Festival

Men of Sparta at Traverse City Film Festival

Click here for July 31 Free Press story on Men of Sparta at Traverse City Film FestivalA decade ago Michigan State’s aging players — aka the ‘Men of Sparta’ — gathered in a lounge at Spartan Stadium for the 40th anniversary of their 1966 Game of the Century with Notre Dame.George...

Free Press highlights Men of Sparta

Free Press highlights Men of Sparta

The story of Michigan State's 1965 and 1966 national championship football teams will be told in documentary form later this month in Traverse City."Men of Sparta," a film by former MSU fullback and Hollywood actor Bob Apisa, will debut July 31 at the Traverse City Film Festival....

Six cases for Michigan State Hall of Fame

Six cases for Michigan State Hall of Fame

A key debate point among Pro Football Hall of Fame voters basically applies to any athletics hall. “Can you write the history of pro football without him?” With that frame-of-reference, I bring up Michigan State’s Athletics Hall of Fame. Two-time All-Americans George Webster,...

Epic drive of 2015 trying to match 1966 title drive

Epic drive of 2015 trying to match 1966 title drive

Michigan State is chasing its first national title since 1966 thanks to the “The Drive”.With that bond between the 2015 and 1966 Spartans, this is a good time to tell you about “the drive”. The lower case letters are intentional because not all drives are treated the same by...

CFP Roundtable on conference games and bowl trips

CFP Roundtable on conference games and bowl trips

Can you believe that college football bowl season is here?Championship weekend didn’t disappoint, and in fact, it set us up for success as fans. Clemson, Alabama, Michigan State and Oklahoma have been pegged as the “final four” of this year’s College Football Playoff, and we’re...

Clint Jones and Bob Apisa with Orange County club

Clint Jones and Bob Apisa with Orange County club

Clint Jones and Bob Apisa, two-time All-American backs on Michigan State's 1965-66 national championship teams, met with Michigan State's Orange County Alumni Club.Jones will be honored on Sept. 12 at the Oregon-Michigan State game for his election to the College Football...