Isaia another Spartan in NFL mini-camp, although by way of Fresno State

VIsit my website homepage, TomShanahan.Report PHOTO: Fresno State offensive guard Jacob Isaia. By TOM SHANAHAN Add Fresno State’s Jacob Isaia, the grandson of Michigan State Hall of Famer Bob Apisa, to the list of former Spartans who earned a berth in an NFL minicamp this month. The Los Angeles Chargers invited Isaia to their camp, May 10-12. Isaia began his career at Michigan State in 2019 under Mark Dantonio as a freshman out of Las Vegas Bishop Gorman.…

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Part I: Air Coryell’s flight to Pro Football Hall of Fame began with simple team meeting on a chaotic day turned tragic

PHOTO: Don Coryell and Dan Fouts on the Chargers' sideline. Click here: Coryell's influence on first-time Cardinals and Chargers Pro Bowlers Click here: Walsh to Coryell on Super Bowl XVI: Old Man Winter spared the 49ers Visit my website homepage, TomShanahan.Report By TOM SHANAHAN Football game plans decide matchups, but football seasons are won or lost when a coach meets his new team. Don Coryell was a master at quickly winning over the players he inherited en route…

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Air Coryell legend Doug Wilkerson’s path to NFL was supposed to ride Duffy’s Underground Railroad

PHOTO: Doug Wilkerson is a member of the Black College Football Hall of Fame from his career at N.C. Central, but he planned to ride Duffy Daugherty's Michigan State Underground Railroad. That was until a schoolyard bet gone bad. By TOM SHANAHAN Doug Wilkerson’s death Monday at age 73 generated stories reflecting reverently on his career at three levels of football, professional, college and high school. And he deserved all the words of praise. He was as a…

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