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My Free Press story with Roaf on Ragnow

My Free Press story with Roaf on Ragnow

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. ... Click here for the Detroit Free...

Michigan State pioneer passes away

Michigan State pioneer passes away

Some sad news on the passing of a Michigan State football pioneer. My research for book Raye of Light revealed he was the first passenger on Duffy Daugherty's Michigan State Underground Railroad. He was very proud of that, and I was proud to meet him and make him a key figure in...

Hall of Fame speech advice for Sydney Seau

Hall of Fame speech advice for Sydney Seau

First Sydney Seau and her family felt disappointment. Now Junior Seau's only daughter – whom he wanted to speak for her if he was elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame -- must be filled with enough butterflies to fill a Super Bowl stadium. The Hall made the right...

Roaf witnesses America through football and education

Roaf witnesses America through football and education

Clifton Roaf's life spans the best and worst America has to offer. He grew up in the segregated South in Pine Bluff, Ark. He was a teenager at all-black Merrill High when historic Civil Rights events unfolded in 1957 at nearby Little Rock. President Eisenhower sent U.S. Army...