Kirk Gibson, Michigan State’s latest College Football Hall of Fame inductee, might be most remembered for his stardom in the baseball diamond.
But, what many casual football fans don’t know is Gibson was an All-American wide receiver during his time in East Lansing.
Honoring his success as a Spartan, Gibson was named an honorary captain for Michigan State’s game against Notre Dame this Saturday, and will be inducted into the Spartans’ “Ring of Fame” in a ceremony during the game.
Gibson was a wide receiver for Michigan State from 1975 to 1978, and amassed 112 receptions, 2,347 receiving yards and 24 receiving touchdowns. He set Spartans records for career receptions, receiving yards and receiving touchdowns with those numbers, which have since been broken.
However, Gibson still owns the Michigan State record for average yards per catch (20.96 ypc).
Gibson was an All-American in 1978, but chose to pursue baseball after playing on Michigan State’s baseball team for one season. During his 16-year baseball career, Gibson was named the National League MVP in 1988, the American League Championship Series MVP in 1984 and was a two-time World Series champion.
Gibson played for the Detroit Tigers, Los Angeles Dodgers, Kansas City Royals and Pittsburgh Pirates in his Major League Baseball career. He also owns one of the most iconic moments in baseball, as and injured Gibson hit a pinch-hit walk-off home run against future Hall of Fame closer Dennis Eckersley in Game 1 of the 1988 World Series.
Gibson will be inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame on Dec. 5.