This is the 43rd in a 50-day summer series counting down the top players in Michigan State football history, as I see them. As with last year’s MSU basketball top 50, the criteria is performance and impact at MSU only, professional career irrelevant. Have your own opinion? Leave a comment or tweet at me @Graham_Couch.
No. 8 – Percy Snow
Middle linebacker, 1986-89, Canton, Ohio
The skinny: Almost every ball carrier who ran against MSU in the late 1980s felt the powerful wrath of Snow. A ferocious hitter, Snow is MSU’s second-leading tackler all-time, though his 463 stops during his final three seasons are the most in a three-year span in school history. As sophomore, he was the Rose Bowl MVP, with 17 tackles, 15 of them solo, in a win over USC. As a junior and senior, he was an All-American, a first-teamer in 1989, when he also became the first player to with the Butkus and Lombardi awards together. Snow tallied double-digit tackles 11 times in ’89. His 23 stops against Illinois that season remain the most by an MSU player since the 1970s. – Read more at LSJ.com