Michigan State Spartans senior Eron Harris played what looked like his last game of his college career earlier this month. Harris suffered a right knee injury on the 18th against Purdue and left the game being carried off on a stretcher. The following day it was said that he would undergo surgery for the knee, effectively ending his collegiate career.
His loss was a big blow to a Spartans lineup that lacked depth throughout the season and, more importantly, veteran leadership.
During senior night against Wisconsin on Sunday afternoon, Harris was the topic of conversation. The guard went viral on Twitter after videos surfaced of the moment head coach Tom Izzo subbed him in one last time. As Harris hobbled towards mid-court wearing a knee brace, he acknowledged all of the cheering fans and then got down in a push-up-like manner to kiss the Spartans logo.
Here’s a look at the moment via Zachary Barnes through Bleacher Report:
After suffering a season-ending injury, Michigan State's Eron Harris checks in to kiss the logo on Senior Night (via @Forrest_Barnes) pic.twitter.com/sG0gHeUrKE— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) February 27, 2017
As you can see from the video, it was an emotional scene in East Lansing including Harris shedding a few tears watching his mother sing the National Anthem.
With the Spartans most likely heading towards an NCAA tournament berth, they’ll have to do it without their aforementioned leader.