Kirk Gibson is best known as the guy who hobbled around the bases in Game 1 of the 1988 World Series after a game-winning, pinch-hit home run for the Dodgers. But football was the first game he excelled at, and he was announced as a member of the 2017 College Football Hall of Fame class on Monday.
Gibson played four seasons of football for Michigan State, catching 122 passes for 2,347 yards and 24 touchdowns, all Spartans records at the time. He was an All-American as a senior in 1978 and set a then-school record with 806 yards and 42 catches.
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Gibson actually only played baseball for one season at Michigan State — and he was encouraged by Spartans football coach Darryl Rogers. He played 17 years for the Dodgers, Royals, Tigers and Pirates, winning National League MVP honors in 1988. He batted a lifetime .268 with 255 home runs.
Gibson managed the Arizona Diamondbacks from 2010-2014, going 353-375 and winning NL Manager of the Year in 2011.