Thursday afternoon Michigan State senior forward Delvon Roe held a press conference to discuss an injury he endured this summer. No one saw what was really coming, though.
"I started playing basketball because I loved the game, but the pain has taken that away," Roe said.
That's right, Roe will miss his senior season with the Spartans due to degenerative knee pain.
Injured legs have always been an issue for Roe ever since his prep days when he missed his senior year basketball season at St. Edward High School. Tom Izzo decided to keep him on scholarship and place him into the basketball program, and it paid off as Roe never missed a game for the green and white.
That doesn't mean he didn't feel the pain of playing, though. Two years ago Izzo and Roe discussed how bad his pain was during the Final Four, and Roe labeled it as "off the charts." In some cases, Roe lied to the coaches just so he could go out and play for Michigan State.
"I am not sure we have had anyone tougher than him," an emotional Coach Izzo said of Roe.
The highlight of Roe's toughness and grit was displayed in his sophomore season when he played with a torn meniscus in his right knee. He underwent surgery the summer after, and then proceeded to play the very next year.
Despite missing his last season, Roe fully plans on being around the team and will keep his scholarship. Roe is also very thankful of everyone around him through his time of sometimes unbearable injury.
"I would like to thank the fans, they have always been my biggest supporter," Roe said.
The Spartans will miss his defense and low-post threat, but what they will have time saying goodbye to his is leadership.
Michigan State will miss seeing Roe on the court, but it will never forget the hard work, guts and dedication he showed the basketball world.