Raye of Light: Jimmy Raye, Duffy Daugherty, the integration of college football, and the 1965-66 Michigan State Spartans

  • Type: Books
  • By: Tom Shanahan
  • Age Category: Adults
  • Genre: Non-Fiction
  • Recommended by: Ramona B.P.
  • ISBN/UPC: 9781938532191
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A fascinating account of events that forever changed college football.

With a moving forward written by Tony Dungy, this book chronicles the 1959-1972 recruitment and integration of black football players from the segregated south to Michigan State University’s football team known as Duffy Daughterty’s (Michigan State University’s) Underground Railroad. Although Jimmy Raye, MSU’s first black starting quarterback (1966), is the book’s namesake, included are interesting back stories:  the recruitment of Bubba Smith, players from Hawaii (Hawaiian Pipeline), the first Samoan All-America player, Bob Apisa, plus Gideon Smith and the relationship between Ferris State University and Hampton University. Recommended for those interested in MSU, business, civil rights, history and sports.