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Ron Saul (1948-2021)

Former Michigan State All-American Ron Saul has passed away at the age of 73 (1948-2021). A three-year letterwinner under Coach Duffy Daugherty from 1967-69, Saul also earned first-team Academic All-America honors in 1969 and went on to play in the NFL for 12 seasons as an offensive guard. A native of Butler, Pennsylvania, Saul was…

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Robert Ricucci Sr 1938-2021

It is with great sadness that the Ricucci Family announces the passing of one of its patriarchs, Robert Ricucci Sr. Born in New York City, Bob grew up in Chicago, and joined the MSU Football Team in 1955. He played for the Spartans from 1955-1959, including playing on the 1955 National Championship team. He returned to campus…

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BY: GERALD STERNBERG It was an unusually warm night in May of 1977 when my friend and I walked out of Tiger Stadium following a tough loss to the Yankees.  Instead of heading back home, we decided to ride down the street for a burger at the country’s top rated sports bar–The Lindell A.C.  The…

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Joseph R. Pryzybycki, age 74, passed away after a several-year battle with degenerative brain disease paired with Covid-19 on November 17, 2020. Joe was born in the outskirts of Detroit in Harper Woods, Michigan, where he developed an early love and investment into sports of all kinds; especially football, baseball, and basketball. He attended Saint…

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Donald Lewis Ross

Donald Lewis Ross, 77, of Johns Creek, Georgia died on September 24, 2020 after a five-year battle with Alzheimer’s Disease. Don was born and raised in East Lansing, Michigan, the son of the late Archie Freeman Ross and Helen Marjorie Ross. As a youth, Don was a proud Boy Scout and achieved the rank of…

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Greg Montgomery (1964 – 2020)

Montgomery Jr., Gregory 10/29/1964 – 8/23/2020 Greg was born in Morristown, NJ, the son of Gregory and Diane (Stephens) Montgomery and brother to Charles S. Montgomery(Steve) and Margot Montgomery Moran. Brother in law to Heather and Tommy. Greg took on the name “UG” when he became an uncle to Chase, Quinn, Campbell, Brooks and Hannah….

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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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