Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Some not so good news on a former Spartan

NFL and it's problems with concussions and brain trauma has been all over the news lately.  Rightfully so, as we all need to be fully aware of this issue and find some solutions.  One of the former NFL players who has recently discovered to have a chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE) is former Spartan Joe DeLamielleure.
1974 Topps

DeLamielleure was an All American offensive lineman for Michigan State in 1972 and went to play in the NFL from 1973-1985.  He was named to Pro Bowl six times and was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of fame in 2003.
Above is his 1974 Topps rookie card.  During his time in Buffalo, he was the Buffalo offensive line that was dubbed the "Electric Company", as they were the ones that turned "The Juice" (O.J. Simpson) on.

Monday, November 11, 2013

In the NFL record books

During the week nine game against the Oakland Raiders, Philadelphia Eagles quarterback tied the NFL record of throwing seven touchdown passes in one game.
If you are unaware, Foles is a one time Spartan.  He was a part of the MSU football team, but never made it as a starter.  Kirk Cousins won the job and the transfer of then quarterback, Keith Nichol into the program,  Foles was the odd man out.  He decided to transfer to University of Arizona and had a successful career there.
Before leaving MSU, Foles did manage to play in one game, going 5-8 passing for 57 yards.  With Foles playing well in the NFL, I think it gives another example of how Coach Dantonio has an eye for talent.
Here is Nick Foles 2012 Topps Chome rookie card:

Thursday, November 7, 2013

Newest member to MSU's Ring of Honor

Lost in the middle of the demolition of University of Michigan by MSU is that former linebacker Percy Snow was honored.  He became the latest member of the Ring of Honor
1990 Proset

Percy Snow was a star linebacker from 1986-89.  He was the starting middle linebacker on the 1987 Big Ten Championship and 1988 Rose Bowl winning teams.  For the 1989 season, he won All-American honors and became the first player ever to win the Lombardi and Butkus awards in the same season.
Snow was a first round pick by the Kansas City Chiefs and played for them for a several seasons.  Of course, he is also the older brother of Eric Snow who later starred on the MSU baskeball team.