Bleier saw world from Game of Century to Vietnam War and four Super Bowls

PHOTO: Rocky Bleier. Story reposted from Sept. 15, 2016. BY TOM SHANAHAN Rocky Bleier stood atop the college football world in 1966 as a national champion running back at Notre Dame. The Irish were voted No. 1 over No. 2 Michigan State after the teams met in their 1966 Game of the Century, playing to a controversial 10-10 tie. The Associated Press (writers) and United Press (coaches, now USA Today) favored Notre Dame in the contentious era of…

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Terry Hanratty recalls Duffy and ‘The Biggest Game of Them’

PHOTO: Michigan State's defense closes in on Terry Hanratty as Bubba Smith (95) and Pat Gallinagh (55) chase the Notre Dame quarterback toward George Webster (90). --- “Duffy Daugherty was such a wonderful human being,” Hanratty said. “No one can ever turn me against Michigan State. When I told Ara I was coming to Notre Dame, I knew I had to call Duffy. I’m thinking, ‘This is going to be horrible’ because you hear all these stories about…

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