Hall of Fame honors Clinton Jones who in turn honors Michigan State
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Hall of Fame honors Clinton Jones who in turn honors Michigan State

Jones remembers his teammates, coach and school on his day at Waldorf

Photo: Clinton Jones at the National Football Foundation press conference.

NEW YORK – Please indulge me for another story about the College Football Hall of Fame from the 58th annual National Football Foundation dinner on Dec. 8 at the famed Waldorf-Astoria Hotel. It’s part of a bucket list, but more on that later.

Michigan State two-time All-American halfback Clinton Jones’ induction into the College Hall was newsworthy for his part in the history that the Spartans wrote with their 1965 and 1966 national championship teams. The school led the integration of college football under head coach Duffy Daugherty. ... 

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Tom Shanahan

Tom Shanahan

Tom Shanahan is an award-winning sportswriter and the author of "Raye of Light". Tom spent the bulk of his career in San DIego writing for the San Diego Union-Tribune. He has covered NCAA Tournaments, Super Bowls, Rose Bowls, the NBA Finals and the World Series in a career that included writing for Voice of San Diego, the San Diego Hall of Champions and Chargers.com. He contributes to the Detroit Free Press, Raleigh News & Observer, MLB.com, Rivals.com and the National Football Foundation's Football Matters. He won multiple first-place awards from the San Diego Press Club and first place from the Copley News Service Ring of Truth Awards. The National Football Foundation/San Diego Chapter presented him its Distinguished American Award in 2003. USA Track and Field’s San Diego Chapter presented its President’s Award in 2000.

Raye of Light: Jimmy Raye, Duffy Daugherty, the integration of college football and the 1965-66 Michigan State Spartans. It explains Duffy Daugherty's pioneering role and debunks myths that steered recognition away from him to Bear Bryant.

By Tom Shanahan; Foreword by Tony Dungy; August Publications

David Maraniss, Pulitzer Prize winner and biographer: "History writes people out of the story. It's our job to write them back in."