It was a legislative celebration that had state lawmakers cheering to the MSU Fight Song. Spartan Football Coach Mark Dantonio, members of his staff, and about 20 members of the 2014 Rose Bowl team came to the State Capitol on Thursday, to accept tributes on the House and Senate floors. Dantonio says he "hand-picked" the players who represented the team.
The visit to the State Capitol began on the Senate floor, where the Spartan fight song played over the speaker system. Dantonio said, "This is very very special I think for our entire football team. You know when you walk into someplace you're not really, where you've never been, you're a little bit unsuspecting, a little bit in terms of what's going to go on, but quite an honor to be in there among our state's leaders." Senate Majority Leader Randy Richardville and Minority Leader Gretchen Whitmer presented Coach Dantonio with a framed tribute for the team. Dantonio told members of the Senate what his team and lawmakers have in common. "You really can't get anywhere unless we all go together."
Micajah Reynolds, a former Spartan linebacker and graduate of Lansing's Sexton High School was among the players representing the team. "It's an incredible experience and growing up here when I was younger always passing by the Capitol, and driving by it all the time and never actually going in, until today and it's an amazing experience." Quarterback Conner Cook posed for pictures with fans. Lawmakers and staffers brought Spartan memorabilia hoping to get an autograph.
The team also spent some time with Governor Rick Snyder behind closed doors in his ceremonial office at the State Capitol. Coach Dantonio says it's been a tough off-season, coming off the Rose Bowl victory. "We need to reaffirm ourselves and understand that we're a little bit of the hunted now. We're a little bit of the ones that are, I don't want to use the word entitled, but we have a ring on our finger and you know that puts us at the front of the pack."