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'Get Fou home' drives MSU's Rose Bowl dream

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07:43 AM ET 12.25 | The Spartans' quest to play in Pasadena comes this year with an added wrinkle in the form of Fou Fonoti, who was overcome with emotion in the final minute of the Big Ten Championship game. [That's] when the tears started to well in the eyes of the 6-foot-4, 298-pounder with the flowing locks of hair that burst out of the back of his helmet. ... [For] Fonoti, it was the realization that his personal journey was coming full circle -- he was headed home. "We talked about it since he got here," offensive line coach Mark Staten said. "Get Fou home, get Fou home." That's exactly what became reality when the Spartans upset the Buckeyes. The native of Lakewood, Calif. -- a town just north of Long Beach and what he estimated was about 40 minutes from Pasadena -- was going home, and he was bringing his team with him.

The Detroit News

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December 25, 2013  09:01 AM ET

Welcome Home, Bro.





Merry Christmas Everyone!

December 25, 2013  09:55 AM ET

I like these kind of stories...

December 25, 2013  10:15 AM ET
QUOTE(#2):

I like these kind of stories...

Not glad we could accomadate, GO BUCKS!!!

December 25, 2013  10:26 AM ET
QUOTE(#3):

Not glad we could accomadate, GO BUCKS!!!

Tst Tsk ... heh heh

December 25, 2013  11:19 AM ET

If it drove the spartans, wouldnt it have driven them to a NC game since its being played at the same stadium? Just saying this isnt a story unless them make to rose bowl, im sure everytime has some motto, but I doubt this was the spartans.

December 25, 2013  01:25 PM ET

Now bring home a win.

December 25, 2013  04:08 PM ET
QUOTE(#3):

Not glad we could accomadate, GO BUCKS!!!

You didn't accommodate, we kicked your backsides. Go Green!

December 25, 2013  04:13 PM ET
QUOTE(#5):

If it drove the spartans, wouldnt it have driven them to a NC game since its being played at the same stadium? Just saying this isnt a story unless them make to rose bowl, im sure everytime has some motto, but I doubt this was the spartans.

I read the whole article, and apparently getting Fou home to play in the Rose Bowl was something the team talked about ever since he transferred to State from Cali JuCo. It must be a large family, the young man needs 85 tickets. Each player gets six allotted to them, so he has a way to go.

December 26, 2013  01:06 AM ET
QUOTE(#7):

You didn't accommodate, we kicked your backsides. Go Green!

I beg to pardon!

Even gettin' your backside kicked, requires accommodation, such as bendin' over a takin' it!
Great game, y'all. See ya next year and win the Rose Bowl.

GO BUCKS!!!

 
December 28, 2013  08:30 PM ET
QUOTE(#8):

I read the whole article, and apparently getting Fou home to play in the Rose Bowl was something the team talked about ever since he transferred to State from Cali JuCo. It must be a large family, the young man needs 85 tickets. Each player gets six allotted to them, so he has a way to go.

See this info could have been added. It's a great story then.

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