Hall of Fame Selection

Jan. 9, 2017


Michigan State’s Kirk Gibson is among 13 inductees into the College Football Hall of Fame as part of the Class of 2017 announced Monday morning by the National Football Foundation and the College Football Hall of Fame.

Gibson, a standout wide receiver for the Spartans from 1975-78, was among 10 students chosen for this year’s class, along with three coaches. A first-team All-American in 1978 and a three-time all-Big Ten honoree, Gibson still owns the MSU record for average yards per reception (21.0) and remains among the top five in Spartan history for touchdown receptions (24) and receiving yards (2,347). As a senior in 1978, Gibson led all Big Ten students in receptions (31) and receiving yards (613) during conference play while leading Michigan State to a share of the Big Ten title. He was later selected in the seventh round of the 1979 National Football League Draft by the St. Louis Cardinals.

Gibson went on to enjoy a noteworthy professional baseball career after being drafted by the Detroit Tigers in the first round of the 1979 Major League Baseball Draft. He played for four teams during his 17-year career, winning World Series titles with Detroit (1984) and the Los Angeles Dodgers (1988). He was also named the National League Most Valuable Player in 1988 and hit one of the most memorable home runs in MLB history to win Game One of the 1988 World Series against the Oakland Athletics.

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