Former Michigan State All-America center Dan Currie died Monday in Las Vegas at the age of 82, the school announced on Friday.
Currie was a key part of the 1955 and 1957 Spartans teams that claimed national championships. He was a consensus first-team All-American during his senior season in 1957, when his blocking led the Spartans to the Big Ten’s top rank in total offense and scoring.
A two-way player, Currie also played linebacker on a unit that led the conference in rushing and total defense. The Spartans finished that 1957 season with a record of 8-1 and ranked No. 3 in The Associated Press poll. They were named national champions by the Dunkel System.
During that season, Spartans coach Duffy Daugherty called Currie “the finest center in collegiate football and perhaps the best ever at Michigan State.”
Currie was taken third overall by the Packers in the 1958 NFL Draft and received All-Pro honors three times as a linebacker. He won two NFL championships in 1961 and 1962 under Vince Lombardi. He retired in 1967 after a nine-year career with the Packers and Rams.