KANSAS CITY, Mo. He stayed to help clean up. Who does that? Here was this tall, rail of a kid with the Opie Taylor haircut, selflessly packing away Tupperware and moving furniture on command. Yes, sir. No, maam. Thank you. Youre welcome. God bless.
This was how Gary Spani first met his son-in-law or rather, the tall, rail of a kid who would become his son-in-law back in the spring of 2011. The graduation party for his daughter Shalin, then a standout guard with the Kansas State womens basketball team, had lilted gently to a halt. All that was left were family and the usual stragglers.
One straggler in particular, this lean, soft-spoken, smiling sort who happened to be pals with a friend of Shalins, asked if he could lend a hand. And Spani remembers looking Collin Klein straight in the eye and saying: I dont know you, but Im going to pray for you. I really feel I should pray for you.
Spani was a wicked linebacker at K-State back in the day, the programs first consensus All-Ame...