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Michigan State super fan 'Johnny Spirit' briefly detained at Rose Bowl

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EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) -- One of Michigan State's most visible fans was briefly detained after being on the field area following the Rose Bowl win by the Spartans.

WLNS-TV reports photos taken after No. 4 Michigan State beat No. 5 Stanford 24-20 Wednesday night show the man known as "Johnny Spirit" surrounded by authorities in Pasadena, Calif. He tells the station he had a pass to be on the field, but an usher took it away.

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MLive.com reports that his real name is John Sheldon, and he's been a fixture at Michigan State sporting events since 1993. He's often covered in green body paint with a block "S" on his chest and sometimes wears an oversized inflatable football helmet.

He says he was detained for about a half-hour before his pass was given back.

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