Bob Apisa discusses Men of Sparta documentary
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Bob Apisa discusses Men of Sparta documentary

The Drive with Jack interviews Michigan State two-time All-American fullback

Photo: Sparty on Michigan State's campus.

Click here: Bob Apisa appeared April 20 on the Drive with Jack on Lansing sports radio. The show is on 92.1 FM.

Bob Apisa, the first Samoan All-American football player, was a two-time All-American fullback on the Michigan State's 1965 and 1966 national championship teams. Duffy Daugherty recruited him from Honolulu as part of his Hawaiian pipeline.

Apisa's career was cut short by knee injuries, but he followed his college playing days with a long career in film in Hollywood as an actor and stunt supervisor.

For more on Duffy Daugherty and his Underground Railroad, listen to Jimmy Raye's appearance UNC-TV (PBS). Raye, from Fayetteville, N.C., was the South's first black quarterback to win a national title.


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 He contributes to the Detroit Free Press, Raleigh News & Observer,, 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."