Published: Oct. 15, 2013

Celebrating the legacy of Gideon Smith

Contact(s): John Lewandowski Sports Information office: (517) 432-2439 lewand19@msu.edu

Long before Don Coleman defied the odds to become Michigan State's first unanimous All-American in the face of racial intolerance 62 years ago...

Long before Gene Washington, Bubba Smith and George Webster helped eliminate segregation in college football by attracting the nation's brightest spotlight to the Spartan Stadium in the mid-60s...

Gideon Smith opened the door for African-American athletes at MSU. Read more at msuspartans.com

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