It was four years in the making, but for Michigan State's Arthur Ray Jr., the wait was worth it. After battling cancer for much of his college career, Ray stepped onto the field at Spartan Stadium for the first time in the Spartans' 28-6 win over Youngstown State on Friday night. He was a surprise starter as a touching gesture from the Spartans' coaches and played in the first play from scrimmage before being removed.
"I had butterflies two hours before the game. I was like, man I miss this feeling," Ray said. "I have missed this feeling for so long. I haven't experienced this for so long."
In April, 2007, the then senior in high school was three months removed from playing in the Offense-Defense All-American Bowl and two months before had signed his letter of intent to play for the Spartans. Ray Jr. should have been enjoying his last weeks before graduation; instead, the Chicago native was diagnosed with cancer on his left leg bone below the knee. Chemotherapy and surgery followed andRead More »from Cancer behind him, Arthur Ray completes four-year journey to Spartans’ starting lineup