Darqueze Dennard highlights 2024 Michigan State Athletics Hall of Fame class

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As the new season of the Michigan State Athletics is quickly approaching, the time has once again come to let the world and Spartan Nation know who will be going into the Hall of Fame this year.

The class of 2024 is a very special one at that. As it not only includes six outstanding athletes in the history of Michigan State, but the 1965 and 1966 football teams will also be inducted.

Anyway you look at this year's class you can tell that Alan Haller got it right.

This year's class is very diverse in sports and where the athletes came from. Several of which are very notable for breaking barriers.

The big headliners of the 2024 class has to be not only the 1965-66 Michigan State football teams which were among the greatest of all time and famously played the 'Game of the Century' against Notre Dame that resulted in a 10-10 tie.

Those teams feature several key players who have already been enshrined at Michigan State, but for both teams to go in together is a great choice.

The highlight of the class has to be former Spartan and NFL cornerback Darqueze Dennard.

Dennard is one of those players that will live forever in the lores of Michigan State Football. The 2013 Jim Thorpe Award Winner, was one of the best to ever play in the secondary at Michigan State. His legacy will never be forgotten, especially by me, given I got to watch him play week-in and week out in his time at Michigan State from 2010-13.

It's very special to hear that Darqueze got the call especially when Mark Dantonio, who found him deep in Georgia where he was barely rated coming out of high school, is going into the College Football Hall of Fame this year as well.

Michigan State football shouted out both Darqueze and the 1965-66 teams via the teams X page.

The rest of the class of 2024 also includes former Spartan hockey captain and current NHL on TNT commentator Anson Carter. After his time at MSU, Carter spent nearly a decade playing in the NHL.

Carter can be remembered for his junior season with the Spartans where he scored 34 goals en route to be a finalist for the Hobey Baker Award, which goes to the most outstanding player in college hockey.

They are all joined by Jessica (Beech) Bograkos (softball), Laura (Kueny) Smith (women's golf), Beth (Rohl) Saylors (women's track & field), and from men's track & field, Paul Terek.

it's an outstanding class, and I cannot wait until Hall of Fame weekend to see them honored.

Congratulations Michigan State Athletics Hall of Fame class of 2024.