WRAL The Fan interview with Jim Proebstle on CTE
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WRAL The Fan interview with Jim Proebstle on CTE

Former Michigan State player wrote book Unintended Impact on his brother's CTE battle

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Michigan State's Jim Proebstle, a tight end on the Spartans' 1965 national championship team, appeared on July 27 with Adam Gold on WRAL The Fan. They discussed the latest CTE news. Jim wrote a book, Unintended Impact, on how his older brother, Dick Proebstle, suffered from CTE later in life and died. Dick suffered a concussion in spring football in 1964 that ended his career. Jim grew up with his brother playing youth football, high school ball at Central Catholic in Canton, Ohio, and at Michigan State.

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When Dick's college career ended, he spent his senior year serving as a Michigan State freshmen team coach. Jimmy Raye credited Dick with teaching him the offense as a steppingstone to becoming a starter for the Spartans. Raye, of Fayetteville, N.C., was the South's first quarterback to win a national title. He led the Spartans' 1966 team that played Notre Dame in the Game of the Century. Notre Dame and Michigan State played to 10-10 tie, finished 9-0-1 and were named national co-champions by the National Football Foundation.

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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

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