Former college football player for Michigan State and former coach for Arizona State University from 1958 until 1979.
He earned All-American honors at Michigan State as a 5'7" defensive lineman.
He earned a place in the American Sports Hall of Fame.
He became a father following the birth of his son, Danny.
He had a tempestuous relationship with John Elway, who refused to play for him while he was coach of the Indianapolis Colts.