Ray's return brought tears to his teammates eyes!  Photo courtesy of Matt Mitchell from the MSU SID office.

Ray's return brought tears to his teammates eyes! Photo courtesy of Matt Mitchell from the MSU SID office.

 

 

 

Arthur Ray Jr.

 

On his emotions after Coach Dantonio told him he was cleared to practice…

“I was in class, and I just cried tears of joy. I called my mom. It’s the best feeling in the world right now.”

 

On how it felt stepping back onto the field today…

“It was the greatest feeling in the world. It felt so good because it just represents so much now. I just feel like I have to represent everybody that’s still dealing with bad things, like chemo. I still remember some of my guys that are still in the hospital.”

 

On the reception he had from the team…

“I had a great one (reception), phenomenal. Coach (Dantonio) announced it, and everybody clapped. It’s good to have the support.”

 

On managing his expectations for the spring…

“I’m using spring ball to get my feet back underneath me. I went out there today and did a few drills, a little bit of hitting. It felt great. I’m not that far off, I just have to keep working.”

 

 

Offensive Coordinator Dan Roushar

 

“We’re all thrilled for Arthur, especially when you think about the surgeries, the chemotherapy treatments and the countless hours of rehabilitation. For Arthur to return to the practice field today, I’m sure it felt like his Super Bowl moment. His return to the field was emotional for many of us.

 

“When Coach (Mark) Dantonio delivered the news that Arthur had been cleared to return to practice, the entire team erupted into applause. He has inspired many of his teammates during this remarkable journey.”