I spent an hour rewatching this ESPN feature on Penn State football during the Bill O’Brien era that Penn State News shared when it debuted.
It’s a great way to mentally prep for the season that’s about to start, and it’s a great reminder for how far the program has come and how remarkable it is that its pride and identity have survived undimmed and unchanged through times of incredible crisis. They’ve emerged stronger.
The segment where Chris Herren addresses the team about what they’re ultimately there playing for is powerful. Those are the old school, Paterno-era values in miniature: you’re there together to be a team, to win games as far as the team can, but most importantly to learn how to be men.
Penn State doesn’t subordinate academics for the sake of athletics, and I hope that never changes.