Hoyer, Bell finding NFL success

Dantonio paying attention for former Spartans in the NFL, especially the pair of Spartans starting in the AFC North

Michigan State has been producing more NFL players since Mark Dantonio took over in East Lansing.

A pair of alumni played prominent roles for their respective NFL teams this weekend.

Cleveland Browns quarterback Brian Hoyer won his second straight game as a starting quarterback, going 25 of 38 passing for 269 yards and two touchdowns.

Pittsburgh Steelers running back Le'Veon Bell returned from injury and made his first NFL start. He had two rushing touchdowns and 57 yards on 16 attempts.

"I saw Brian's touchdown throw on Sportscenter and I heard Le'Veon scored twice and just missed it though because I was doing something else and missed it," coach Mark Dantonio said.

Dantonio said it's exciting to watch those guys and see other Spartans alumni doing well in the NFL.

"You always point to the Spartans that are playing at the next level and sort of follow them," he said. "We had Brian call in on our radio show this week, it's just exciting to hear his voice. You can hear his voice and hear the excitement in his voice."

Dantonio also said it's something to remind his current players of that what they do is special to be able to play at a high level.

"You think about how many people in the world can do this, so I tell our players all the time that you're very, very special," he said. "Not a lot of people can do what you do in terms of playing on a football field, in this environment or the NFL environment. I think sometimes people lose sight of that."

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