Willingham Knows Opportunity Can Mean Everything

By Kelli Anderson

When Tyrone Willingham was playing football for Michigan State in the early 1970s, the team had a pact: so the coaches wouldn’t know they were dogging it in wind sprints, everyone agreed to run together. Well, almost everyone. “Ty wouldn’t do it,” recalls former MSU quarterback Charlie Baggett, now the receivers coach for the Minnesota Vikings. “He’d be out in front, and the coaches knew he wasn’t the fastest guy on the team. We’d tell him to slow down, but he wouldn’t. He’d look at us like we were crazy.”…

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