Spartan Football Remembers George Webster, Virginia Tech Victims MSU’s players wore special decals on their helmets for Saturday’s spring game.

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EAST LANSING, Mich. – Michigan State’s football players wore special decals on their helmets in memory of former Spartan All-American George Webster and the Virginia Tech victims for Saturday’s spring game. In honor of Webster, who died of heart failure on Thursday (April 19) in Houston, Texas, a black stripe covered the Spartan logo on the right side of the helmet. A Virginia Tech (VT) logo was displayed on the back left side of the helmet in honor of the 32 victims.

 

“This was an appropriate way to honor this fallen Spartan,” Michigan State head coach Mark Dantonio said. “George Webster is one of the greatest players in the history of Michigan State football, and his legacy will live forever. He also is widely recognized as one of the greatest defensive players to ever play the college game.”

 

“We also felt strongly about remembering the Virginia Tech victims. A tragedy like that reminds us all just how precious life is.”

 

Born Nov. 25, 1945, in Anderson, S.C., Webster earned three letters for the Spartans from 1964-66, while playing for legendary head football coach Duffy Daugherty. The two-time consensus All-American and two-time all-conference selection helped Michigan State to a combined record of 19-1-1 in 1965-66 as the Spartans won back-to-back Big Ten Conference and National Championships. At 6-foot-4, 218 pounds, he revolutionized the roverback position with his size and speed. In 1967, he became just the second former Spartan to have his jersey number (No. 90) retired. Webster was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 1987. He has been rated among the 100 Greatest Players of All-Time by CollegeFootballNews.com.
A first-round selection (No. 5 overall) by the Houston Oilers in 1967, Webster spent 10 years in the National Football League (Houston, 1967-72; Pittsburgh, 1972-73; and New England, 1974-76). He was selected the American Football League’s Rookie of the Year by United Press International after averaging more than 10 tackles per game in 1967. Webster played in three AFL All-Star Games, earning Defensive MVP honors in 1969. In 1970, he was named to the AFL’s All-Time Team (first team) by a special panel of Pro Football Hall of Fame voters.

COURTESY OF JOHN LEWANDOWSKI THE MSU SID.