Should Michigan State retire Terry Furlow’s jersey?

November 28, 2012 in Division I

By Patrick Hayes

Earlier this year, Steve Finamore wrote a great story about one of the most underrated players the state of Michigan has produced, the late Terry Furlow. Eric Woodyard of the Flint Journal, a great advocate for Flint athletes and someone whose story on Furlow for SLAM Magazine helped a lot of people remember Furlow for the great high school and college player he was and the blossoming pro he was at the time of his death, wrote a column this week advocating for Furlow’s jersey to be retired by Michigan State:

So why isn’t Furlow’s No. 25 jersey hanging from the rafters at the Breslin Center in East Lansing?

No disrespect to current Spartans center Derrick Nix, but he shouldn’t be rocking Furlow’s old number.

It just doesn’t seem right.

Furlow heavily influenced Magic Johnson‘s decision to become a Spartan and built the “Flintstone” pipeline at MSU, which eventually turned into championships for the program.

It’s a legitimate point — Johnson has frequently talked about Furlow’s impact on Johnson’s decision to attend MSU in his books. When you combine that with Furlow’s statistical production, he has a strong case to become the 10th player in MSU history to have his jersey retired. He’d also be the third Flint player, joining Mateen Cleaves and Morris Peterson.


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