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Percy Lee Snow, born on November 5, 1967, is a linebacker who achieved remarkable success during his college career at Michigan State University and later played in the NFL. Snow made history as the first player in college football to win both the Butkus Award and Lombardi Award in the same season. He was integral to Michigan State's renowned "Gang Green" defense in the late 1980s and was a unanimous First-Team All-American selection. Snow's exceptional performance led the Spartans to the 1987 Big Ten title and a victory in the 1988 Rose Bowl, where he earned MVP honors with 17 tackles against Southern California. He was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 2013.
In the NFL, Snow was selected by the Kansas City Chiefs in the first round of the 1990 NFL Draft. He had a promising rookie season, but unfortunately, his career was derailed by a scooter accident during training camp in 1991. Sustaining season-ending knee injuries, Snow struggled to recover fully from the incident and retired after three active seasons, spending 1991 on injured reserve. Despite the premature end to his professional career, Snow made a significant impact during his time in the NFL.
Following his NFL career, Snow played for the Rhein Fire in the World League of American Football (WLAF). He continued contributing to the sports community by volunteering as an assistant coach for a little league flag football team and serving as a longtime assistant coach in the Babe Stern Youth Baseball League. Snow's exceptional achievements and contributions to the sport earned him induction into the Michigan State Hall of Fame in 2010.
Percy Snow's legacy is cemented in football history, particularly for his exceptional college career at Michigan State. His ability to win both the Butkus Award and Lombardi Award in the same season reflects his unparalleled talent and impact on the game. Although his NFL career was cut short, Snow's dedication to the sport and involvement in coaching and community service showcases his enduring passion for football even after retirement.