Top 50 MSU football players: No 39 Charlie Thornhill

This is the 12th in a 50-day summer series counting down the top players in Michigan State football history, as I see them. As with last year’s MSU basketball top 50, the criteria is performance and impact at MSU only, professional career irrelevant. Have your own opinion? Leave a comment or tweet at me @Graham_Couch.

No. 39 – Charlie Thornhill

Linebacker, 1964-66, Roanoke, Va.

The skinny: Thornhill has been described as the emotional catalyst of the great MSU teams of the mid-1960s. He was more than that. The voice of Spartan football, George Blaha, describes Thornhill as one of the two hardest hitters he’s ever seen at MSU (the other is current co-defensive coordinator Harlon Barnett). – Read more at

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