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Don Coleman, First Unanimous All-American At Michigan State, Dies At Age 88

Legendary Spartan football player Don Coleman died Tuesday.

Don Coleman started as an offensive tackle for Michigan State from 1948-1951. What makes that more impressive? He weighed in at only 178 pounds. Of course, the game is different today than it was back then, but it's still quite impressive.

The All-American offensive tackle passed away at the age of 88. Chris Solari of the Detroit Free Press first reported the news.

Under Clarence “Biggie” Munn, Coleman was a three-year letterwinner--in consecutive seasons from 1949-1951. Coleman guided MSU to a 9-0 record in 1951 when the Spartans won their first college football national championship. During his senior season, Coleman was a unanimous All-American, the first in Michigan State's history.

During his three seasons on varsity, Coleman helped the Spartans to a 23-4 record.

After graduating, Coleman eventually came back to work for Michigan State until health concerns forced him to retire in 1992.

A truly incredible life, for a truly incredible man.

[Detroit Free Press]