Watch Jimmy Raye as featured guest on UNC TV
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Watch Jimmy Raye as featured guest on UNC TV

Show highlights Fayetteville, N.C., native's career from E.E. Smith to Michigan State to the NFL

Photo: Jimmy Raye speaking at the Raleigh Sports Council.

"Raye of Light" was featured on UNC-TV's Black Issues Forum this week. UNC-TV is the state's PBS station.

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Jimmy Raye, a ground-breaking black quarterback at Michigan State and college and NFL coaching pioneer, was the guest of Deborah Holt Noel Sunday, April 12 on UNC-TV's broadcast of Black Issues Forum. The program also will air at 5:30 p.m. Monday, April 13.

Raye is an NFL Senior Advisor after serving 35 years as an NFL assistant coach. He was one of the first NFL black assistants in 1977 with the San Francisco 49ers and one of the first black coordinators in the NFL with the Los Angeles Rams in 1983.

On Friday, May 1, Raye and author Tom Shanahan also will speak and sign books at the Fayetteville Barnes and Noble. The time is 7 p.m. The address is 121 Glensford Drive, Fayetteville, N.C., 28314. The phone number: 910-864-084.

Chicago Tribune story on Raye of Light.

USA Today featured Jimmy Raye in its Black History Month Special Edition.


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."