It was announced on Tuesday that former Michigan State Spartans football superstar Flozell "The Hotel" Adams will be checking into an area East Lansing hotel of his own on September 18th to accept his nomination into the Michigan State University Athletics Hall of Fame this fall.
The 6-foot-7, 340-pound former All-American was the star offensive lineman for the Spartans from 1994-1997 during the tenure of former MSU coach, Nick Saban. In Adams' senior season, the Spartans finished 24th in the nation in rushing (199.5 yards per game) thanks in large part to Adams and in the regular-season finale MSU nabbed 452 yards rushing in a 49-14 win over Penn State.
"Just hearing the name, 'Hall of Fame,' means a great deal to me,'' Adams told MLive.com late Monday night. "We've had so many great athletes at Michigan State that for me to be selected is such an honor. I never thought I'd be Hall of Fame anything.''
After playing at Michigan State, Adams played 13 season in the NFL, including five Pro Bowl selections and a Super Bowl appearance in his final season (2010) with the Pittsburgh Steelers. The former college superstar played for 12 seasons in Dallas for the Cowboys and in 2009 he was ranked among the team's Top 50 players of all-time (No. 42).
Despite being a big name NFL star, Flozell never forgot to watch a MSU game on Saturdays even when traveling with the Cowboys, often insisting that any hotel they stayed in be sure to get access so he could watch his Spartans play.
"I've always been a Michigan State fan, like everyone else, a Spartan for life,'' Adams said. "Coach (Mark) Dantonio has certainly done a great job, and I've heard the people talking about this season. But win or lose, I'm going to be there for Michigan State.''
It isn't just moral support that Adams has offered to Michigan State; he also donated $1.5 million as part of the massive $24 million renovation being done to Spartan Stadium. Adam's donation will help build a new, state-of-the-art locker room for the team, which he claims was much-needed.
"It was pretty ancient,'' Adams said of the previous locker room where he played in the 90s. "Everything that's being done right now with the locker rooms, the stadium, the program, it's a big step forward.''
Current head coach Mark Dantonio couldn't help but agree.
"It will make a huge difference, not just to our current players but to our players that will be coming in the future as well," Dantonio said earlier this year. "It puts us on par with one of the best facilities in the country in this area."
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