Los Angeles would still be “tinseltown” without the contributions of
Three former Michigan State players have helped L.A. to seven total professional championships.
Michigan State, of course, gave us Earvin “
Johnson was a two-time All-American at Michigan State and came to the Lakers after leading the Spartans to the 1979
Two former Michigan State football and baseball players,
Garvey played defensive back at Michigan State for Duffy Daugherty in the 1960s.
Freshmen were still ineligible in 1966 so Garvey did not play in the “Game of the Century” against
Garvey, though, played the scout-team role in practice of Notre Dame quarterback Terry Hanratty.
Garvey earned a football letter in 1967, recording 30 tackles, before turning pro in baseball as the Dodgers' first-round pick (No. 13 overall) in the 1968
Garvey played in 1,207 consecutive games and was part of the Dodgers' 1981 World Series championship team.
Gibson, long before he hit that famous home run in Game 1 of the 1988 World Series, was a star receiver for Michigan State. As a senior in 1978, Gibson had 42 catches for 806 yards and left as the school's all-time leader in receptions (112) and receiving yards (2,347).
Gibson's career average of 21 yards per catch is still the best in Michigan State history.