Michigan Sports Hall of Fame: Mitch Albom, Jim Leyland, Jalen Rose highlight 2017 class – Detroit Free Press
A look at the eight inductees into the highest honor for a state of Michigan sports figure.
A new class of local sports stars from the field, court, dugout, sidelines and press room will be enshrined in the 2017 class of the Michigan Sports Hall of Fame on Sept. 15.
The inductees include longtime Free Press columnist and author Mitch Albom, former Michigan offensive lineman Jon Jansen, longtime Oakland basketball coach Greg Kampe, former Detroit Tigers manager Jim Leyland, former MSU baseball and football player Dean Look, former Michigan State football star Andre Rison, former Piston Dennis Rodman and former Michigan basketball star Jalen Rose.
The Hall of Fame ceremony will be Sept. 15 from 7-9 p.m. at the Max M. Fisher Music Center in Detroit.
Albom has been a columnist with the Free Press since 1985, is a 13-time Associated Press Sports Editors national columnist of the year and a 2013 inductee into the National Sportscasters and Sportswriters Association Hall of Fame inductee. He’s also a renown author, playwright and radio host.
Jansen was a tight end at Clawson before captaining the 1997 national championship team and was an All-America selection and Big Ten offensive lineman of the year in 1998. He played 11 seasons in the NFL, the last of which with the Detroit Lions.
Kampe is one of the longest-tenured college basketball coaches in the country. He started at Oakland in 1984, where the Golden Grizzlies have gone from Division II to 583 career wins, three NCAA tournament appearances, six league titles and a postseason appearance in eight of the last nine seasons.
Leyland was signed by the Tigers in 1963, and though he never made the major leagues as a player, he has 1,769 wins as a big-league manager, 700 of which with the Tigers. He led Detroit’s baseball renaissance and managed the team to two World Series appearances and four postseason appearances.
Look, a Lansing Everett product, was an All-America quarterback at Michigan State in 1959. He also played baseball at MSU, was drafted by the NFL and AFL, played for the New York Titans and leftfield for the Chicago White Sox. He later was an NFL official for 29 years, working three Super Bowls.
Rison was a star football and basketball player at Flint Northwestern before starring at MSU as a wide receiver (1985-88), ending his career as the schools all-time leader in catches, receiving yards and 100-yard receiving games. He played 11 seasons in the NFL, become an All-Pro in 1990 with the Atlanta Falcons.
Rodman was drafted by the Pistons in 1986 was almost instantly became a contributing force to the Bad Boys. Known for his defensive and rebounding prowess, Rodman was a two-time defensive player of the year (1990, 1991) and All-Star. He was inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame in 2011.
Rose starred at Detroit Southwestern, winning two state titles in 1990 and 1991, and was the point guard of the famed Fab Five at Michigan, where he started in consecutive national title games (1992, 1993). He went on to play 13 years in the NBA, most notably with the Indiana Pacers, and is now an ESPN personality and founder of a charter school in Detroit.