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Spartans Helping Spartans – Ike Griffin

Ike Griffin, beloved Spartan (1977-82) suffered a severe stroke on Tuesday, June 9, 2020 in Scottsdale, AZ.  Many of you remember Ike from Michigan State as a ride or die Spartan, a four year letterman as a defensive end, and Academic All Big Ten student-athlete. After graduating, Ike worked as a pregame and postgame analyst...

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Paul Rochester (1938 – 2020)

Paul “Rocky” Rochester, one of the unsung but important defensive contributors to the Jets’ Super Bowl III triumph over the Baltimore Colts in January 1969, died Sunday with his family around him. He was 81. Rochester was born in Lansing, MI, grew up in Floral Park on Long Island, attended Sewanhaka HS there, then took...

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Several Spartans Sign as Undrafted Free Agents

EAST LANSING, Mich. – Several Michigan State Spartans signed with NFL teams as undrafted free agents following the 2020 NFL Draft, including linebacker Joe Bachie (New Orleans Saints), offensive lineman Tyler Higby (Minnesota Vikings), quarterback Brian Lewerke (New England Patriots), defensive tackle Mike Panasiuk (Las Vegas Raiders), wide receiver Darrell Stewart (Green Bay Packers), wide receiver Cody White (Kansas City Chiefs) and defensive tackle Raequan Williams (Philadelphia Eagles)....

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John Allen Kettunen 1945 – 2019

John Allen Kettunen, age 74, of Colorado Springs, Colorado, passed away Nov. 1, 2019 at Penrose Hospital surrounded by family and friends. He was born April 21, 1945 in Cleveland, Ohio, the son of Helen and Toivo Kettunen. John was a 1963 graduate of North High School where he was inducted into the North High...

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Jesse Williams

Jesse Williams, a Bellefontaine High School graduate and one of the most talented athletes in Logan County history, passed away Sunday. Williams, a star running back at Bellefontaine who went on to play at Michigan State, had been battling lung cancer. A 1969 BHS graduate, Williams was a multi-sport star for the Chiefs. He was...

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Kenny Willekes Selected by Minnesota Vikings in Seventh Round of NFL Draft

EAST LANSING, Mich. – Michigan State All-American defensive end Kenny Willekes was selected by the Minnesota Vikings in the seventh round (No. 225 overall) of the 2020 National Football League Draft on Saturday, April 25. A two-time first-team All-Big Ten selection, Willekes finished his Spartan career ranked No. 1 in school history with 51 tackles for loss and...

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Josiah Scott Selected by Jacksonville Jaguars in Fourth Round of NFL Draft

EAST LANSING, Mich. – Michigan State cornerback Josiah Scott was selected by the Jacksonville Jaguars in the fourth round (No. 137 overall) of the 2020 National Football League Draft on Saturday, April 25. Michigan State extended its remarkable streak in the NFL Draft, as at least one Spartan has been chosen since 1941, the third-longest streak in the...

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Richard P. Anderson 1929 – 2020

Richard P. Anderson, 90, of Maumee, Ohio, passed away peacefully in his home on Sunday, March 1, 2020, surrounded by his loving family. Richard (Dick) was the son of Harold and Margaret (Meilink) Anderson. He was born in Toledo, Ohio, on April 10, 1929, just months before the onset of the Great Depression. He received...

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Anthony Mario Kolodziej 1936 – 2020

Anthony “Tony” Kolodziej, 83, passed away on Feb 27th after battling Dementia at Bethany Nursing Home in Nashville, TN. Tony was born May 29, 1936 to Anthony & Mary (Rojowska) Kolodziej in Northampton, MA, the youngest of 10 children. He graduated from Northampton High School – earning a letter from 3 different sports but where...

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Spartan NFL Combine Report: Thursday

INDIANAPOLIS – Three former Michigan State Spartans – quarterback Brian Lewerke and wide receivers Darrell Stewart Jr. and Cody White – tested in front of NFL coaches, scouts and front-office personnel on Thursday for the first day of the on-field portion of the NFL Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium. Lewerke, who measured in at 6-2 and 213 pounds, looked sharp during his...

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