Former Michigan State All-American football player Dick Tamburo has died, according to a report from He was 90 years old.

Tamburo was a member of the Michigan State football teams from 1950-52, winning two national during his career in East Lansing (1951 & 1952). The Spartans were 26-1 in those three seasons.

As a senior, Tamburo was named a first-team All-American and was named the team’s Most Valuable Player that year. The Spartans posted 9-0 records in both 1951 and 1952, the years they won national titles. Tamburo went on to be selected by the Cleveland Browns in the 1953 NFL Draft.

Following his playing career, Tamburo was an assistant college football coach for 13 season. He was at Arizona State from 1958-66 and then went to Iowa, where he was an assistant from 1967-70. Tamburo then pursued a career in athletic administration. He was the assistant athletic director at Kent State from 1971-72 and associate AD at Illinois from 1972-78.

Tamburo first became an athletic director at Texas Tech, where he served from 1978-80. He then took the same job at Arizona State from 1980-85. He was also an assistant AD at Missouri from 1986-88 before transition into the athletic director role in 1988, where he held that position until 1992.