A Michigan State Spartans football record crowd of 51,000 fans for the annual Green-White game gave Mark Dantonio one more chance to honor what may go down as his most successful group of outgoing players.
While fans watched the giant south end-zone video board, Spartan Digest watched the reactions of those standing on the field as they all took the field with laughs and high-fives. However, that soon changed as fans cheered great wins in the Rose Bowl, Cotton Bowl, Big Ten Championship and wins over rival Michigan.
We’re not sure when it happened, but as each played came across the fans cheered, you could see each of those lined up finally realized their sweat, sacrifices and hard worked had come to an official end as Spartans.
Even head coach Mark Dantonio, who was standing behind his former players was caught being emotional as he too knew this special group of young men would never play for him again.
While some in the group have futures at football's next level, some know their days playing a game many of them have played since they were young was officially over with one last roar of the crowd.
The Big Ten Network did an interview with the Spartans head coach and you could tell the man known for his stern sideline demeanor showed his emotional side.
Spartan Digest caught this photo of Dantonio as he looked away from the video board almost biting his lip as the past few years played out in video in front of him and his former players.
Those in attendance made sure to give each player his due when each was introduced to the crowd. But being on the field standing just a few feet away from each participant allowed Spartan Digest to be part of another special Spartan football moment.