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Years before the Washington Redskins made him their starting quarterback this season, Kirk Cousins was displaying leadership skills at Michigan State. Today, as his Spartans play in the 100th Rose Bowl Game, Cousins will serve as the honorary captain for his alma mater.
Led by the enormous smile and clutch play of point guard Mateen Cleaves – a Flint, Mich., native – the Michigan State Spartans won the NCAA championship that 2000. The victory capped the most decorated basketball career in Michigan State history for Cleaves before moving on to the NBA, where he played seven seasons.
These days, the average career of an NFL player is less than four seasons, according to the NFL Players Association. A kicker from Michigan State nicknamed “The Great Dane” spent an unheard of 25 seasons employed by the NFL and remains the all-time leading scorer with 2,544 points.
BTN’s series BTN LiveBIG continues Saturday following the Michigan State vs. Nebraska men’s basketball game, with stories highlighting how the Spartan community is making an impact in East Lansing and around the world, including a program to support Michigan National Guard veterans returning home from combat. The program will air at 11 p.m. ET on Saturday.
Spartans Football alum John Shinsky attributes his success to the support he received from his adoptive family. Watch now and learn how John is providing the same support for the children living at the orphanage he founded in Mexico, The City of the Children.