Hank Bullough, the head of Michigan State’s celebrated football family, is recovering at Sparrow Hospital in Lansing following a Monday stroke at his Okemos home.
Bullough, who last week turned 80, is the grandfather of Max and Riley Bullough, members of the 2013 Michigan State football team, and father of Shane, who was a standout linebacker during his mid-1980s career at MSU.
“Right now, he is having a little problem with his speech, but it’s better than we would have anticipated,” said George Perles, the former MSU head football coach and athletic director, who was a teammate and a coaching staff colleague of Bullough’s during their days in East Lansing.
“It’s better than we would have anticipated, but there’s still a problem. The first 72 hours are critical. But his body is in good shape, and the feeling among everyone is that there’s going to be improvement every day.”
Bullough, a Pennsylvania native, was a guard on MSU’s 1954 Rose Bowl championship team under then-coach Biggie Munn. He later coached for the Spartans and for the Baltimore Colts, and was defensive coordinator for Chuck Fairbanks, another former Spartans coach, when Fairbanks was Patriots head coach.
Bullough later was a defensive coordinator for the Super Bowl champion (1982) Bengals, and for the Packers. He was Bills head coach in 1985-86.