Photo: Jimmy Raye (right) as a New York Jets assistant with Romeo Crennel
Jimmy Raye was a guest on Martin Luther King Day on The Drive with Jack and Tom on their sports talk radio show in Lansing.
Raye, enshrined in the Michigan State Hall of Fame in the Class of 2018, was the South's first black quarterback to win a national title. He was the quarterback on the Spartans' 1966 team that played Notre Dame to a 10-10 in the Game of the Century. The National Football Foundation named the teams co-champions as recipients of the MacArthur Bowl Trophy. The National Football Foundation still awards the MacArthur Bowl Trophy to the national champion, although it is now presented to the winner of the College Football Playoff.
Raye was also a pioneer among African-American coaches in college and the NFL. Duffy Daugherty hired him on his Michigan State staff in 1972. He moved on to the NFL in 1978 with the San Francisco 49ers. Later, John Robinson hired him as one of the first black offensive coordinators in 1983.
Martin Luther King spoke at Michigan State in February 1965 between receiving the Nobel Peace Prize in Oslo and the Selma to Montgomery March.
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