MSU’s top 50 football players: No. 27 Larry Bethea

This is the 24th 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. 27 – Larry Bethea

Defensive end, 1974-77, Newport News, Va.

The skinny: Nearly four decades later, Bethea remains MSU’s all-time sack leader, his 33 QB sacks eight more than second-place Julian Peterson. Bethea’s 16 sacks in 1977 also remain a program mark. Peterson is again next, with 15 in 1999. – Read more at

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