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Michigan State Hall of Fame and golden glow

Michigan State Hall of Fame and golden glow

Michigan State's 1960s golden era shines brighter these days. The luminescence, like a firefly’s glow, isn't artificial. It's a result of the MSU Hall-of-Fame committee reaching back to honor previously overlooked special athletes. Football is king, but there is more to the...

Another Hall of Fame tour for Bob Apisa

Another Hall of Fame tour for Bob Apisa

Bob Apisa’s Hall of Fame tour continues into 2018.The two-time All-American Michigan State fullback was named to the Polynesian Football Hall of Fame, the organization announced on Tuesday at the Sheraton Princess Kaiulani that is hard by Waikiki Beach in Honolulu.His selection...

Spartans among Polynesian Hall finalists

Spartans among Polynesian Hall finalists

Three Michigan State Hawaiian Pipeline figures and a Spartans quarterback from the 1990s are among 18 finalists for the Polynesian Hall of Fame Class of 2018.Bob Apisa, Charlie Wedemeyer and Thomas Ka’ulukukui are finalists as contributors. Tony Banks, who has Samoan ancestry,...

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,...