EAST LANSING — Michigan State announced its 2013 Hall of Fame class on Saturday, a group that consists of players spread over the past six decades.
Henry Bullough (football), Kip Miller (hockey), Ryan Miller (hockey), Morris Peterson (basketball) and Jenna Wrobel (volleyball) are the five former student-athletes that makeup the 2013 class.
The members will be inducted into the Athletic Hall of Fame on Thursday, Sept. 12, as part of the “Celebrate 2013” weekend, and on Sept. 14, the inductees will be honored during the Michigan State-Youngstown State football game in Spartan Stadium.
Here is a look at the honorees and their careers:
Bullough (player: 1952-1954; Assistant Coach: 1959-69; 1994): A native of Canton, Ohio, Bullough was a three-year starter at guard for the Spartans and was apart of the 1952 National Championship team. As a junior and senior, Bullough was named honorable mention All-Big Ten. He was drafted in the fifth round of the 1955 National Football League Draft by the Green Bay Packers.
“Thanks to Michigan State, I accomplished everything I could have hoped for in my profession,” Bullough said. “I played here during the 28-game winning streak (1950-53), played on the 1952 National Championship team and coached for the 1965 and ’66 National Championship teams. In 1970, I won a Super Bowl ring with the Baltimore Colts. There aren’t many who have been involved in this game that can say that. I’ve been very fortunate.”
Kip Miller (1986-90): Miller, a native of Lansing, Mich., graduated with the third-most points (261) and goals (116) in team history. As a senior, Miller won the Hobey Baker Memorial Award as he led the nation in scoring for the second-straight season, scoring 48 goals and racking up 53 assists.
“I actually didn’t know why Mark Hollis was calling; I just had no idea,” Miller said. “It was complete surprise. Honestly, it is a huge honor for me. I grew up a Spartan fan in Lansing, watching Earvin Johnson and Kirk Gibson and Steve Garvey, all these guys that were Spartans and great athletes. That’s what I think of in regards to the MSU Athletics Hall of Fame. I am blown away that I will be in there now.”
Ryan Miller (1999-2002): Not only are Ryan and Kip cousins, but the standout goalie joined Kip in the Hobey Baker family when he won the award in 2001. During that season, Miller had a record of 31-5-4 with a then-NCAA record 1.32 goals-against average and a .950 save percentage.
“I had a great experience at Michigan State – it’s a big part of my life and my family’s life,” Miller said. “We’re proud to be Spartans. The university gave me an opportunity to play the sport I love, and better myself with an education. It definitely gave me time to develop my game to where I could move on to a higher level and play pro hockey. It was a great starting spot to give me my chance to make my way in the world.”
Peterson (1995-2000): The “Flintstone” was the first non-starter ever to earn first-team All-Big Ten honors, and in 2000, Peterson was named Big Ten Player of the Year and earned All-American honors. He finished his career with 1,588 points, ranking ninth at the conclusion of his career (12th currently), and ranks third at MSU with 191 career points in the tournament.
“As a Spartan I was driven to win championships – I never set out for individual accolades,” Peterson said. “It’s just unreal to be in company with these greats. As Coach Izzo told me when he called, it’s certainly some rare air. It’s an honor to be inducted along with great Spartans like Hank Bullough, Kip Miller, Ryan Miller and Jenna Wrobel. That’s what makes the Hall of Fame special, to be associated with the greats from different sports and different eras, but we are all part of the Spartan family.”
Wrobel (1995-98): Wrobel is not only MSU’s all-time leader in kills (2,292) and attempts (5,353 ), she is fourth in Big Ten history in both categories. She is also sixth in MSU history with 1,223 career digs, seventh with 444 sets played, ninth with 125 matches played and 10th with 295 block assists. After leaving MSU, Wrobel went on to play for the U.S. National Team from 1999-00.
“When I look back at my time at Michigan State and my collegiate career, there are so many memories with my coaches and teammates,” Wrobel said. “My four years in East Lansing were special, and I owe a lot of my success and accomplishments to the hard work and dedication of everyone involved, from the coaches and teammates to the administrators and support staff.”