Foreman - "Spartan Nation Deserves This"

For senior captain Joel Foreman, Saturday's fourth consecutive victory over Michigan was not just for those who wore the new Nike Pro-Combat uniforms, it was for all Spartans past, present, and future. Spartan Digest spoke with Foreman following the game.

Leading up to Saturday's rivalry battle against Michigan, one Spartan was more vocal to his teammates about the importance of the game than any other.

Senior captain Joel Foreman knew anything but victory would leave a void in his Michigan State career.

How did it feel following the game for the Milford (MI) native?

"It means the world to me," said Foreman. "It is something our seniors have talked about for some time as this has not happened in like 50 years.

"To be able to graduate from Michigan State with that kind of resume, you're going to be talking about it for a long time. The state is getting "GREENER" and we're doing our part in it. Coach Dantonio changed the culture when he came here as he pointed to this game and made it one of the most important games on our schedule. Today is just a testament to the way this program is maturing and building and it's great to see Michigan State football like this."

While Foreman will walk away with four victories over the Wolverines after this season, he still remembers his first year against Michigan.

"I redshirt in 2007 and was on the sidelines dressed but I didn't play in the game," said Foreman. "I talked a lot this week about the seniors that have left here never beating Michigan and how it affected them.

"The Michigan game here is a game bigger than us. We played not only for the 105 guys here right now or the fans that were here today. But you play it for the guys before you and also for the guys who will be here after you. It is something all of Spartan Nation deservers and all have a piece in this win."


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