Former Detroit Tigers outfielder, postseason hero, manager, and coach Kirk Gibson has been elected to the College Football Hall of Fame Class of 2017. He played wide receiver for Michigan State in the 1970s before being drafted by the Tigers 12th overall in the 1978 MLB Amateur Draft.
In his four year college career at Michigan State University (1975-1978), Gibson had 112 total receptions, received 2,347 total yards (fourth all-time in MSU history), and received 24 total touchdowns (third all-time in MSU history). He was an All-American in 1978. He broke five school records at the time; total receptions, total reception yards, total reception touchdowns, single-season reception yards, and yards-per-catch, though the latter is the only one still standing today. For more information, click here.
The Waterford, Michigan native has been on the National Football Foundation’s Hall of Fame ballot for more than 10 years, and he will be inducted along with nine other players and three coaches, including recent NFL standouts Peyton Manning (University of Tennessee) and Adrian Peterson (University of Oklahoma).
The induction will take place at the NFF College Football Hall of Fame Awards Dinner, to be held Dec. 5, 2017, at the New York Hilton Midtown Hotel.