Wall Of Champions - The Behrend Beacon

Wall of Champions

Posted on Wednesday, December 5, 2012 at 8:50 PM

Author: Adam Terragnoli (sports editor)

Before the final game of the 2012 season against Wisconsin, the 2012 Penn State football team was given a spot on the wall of champions inside Beaver Stadium. This team was placed among the best teams in the school’s history.

Despite not winning any titles, this spot was rightfully theirs.

 Through NCAA sanctions against the program, major players leaving, and a 0-2 start to the season, nothing seemed to be going Penn State’s way. This was it; the NCAA had really given the “death penalty,” just as analysts predicted. Despite this frustrating position, the football team, led by head coach Bill O’Brien and senior leaders Michael Mauti, Matt McGloin, and Jordan Hill, refused to give up and refused to give into the expectations that they would be a failing football program for years to come.

 A comeback was mounted, and the team won eight of their last ten games. Players put up career numbers like never before, and a packed Beaver Stadium showed that Penn State football was not ready to die and not ready to roll over to the bully also known as the NCAA.

 Not once did the coaching staff or the players complain about the unprecedented punishments they received. Not once did they complain about the fact that they were forced to bear the consequences of what people in the past did, the fact that they paid the price for something they didn’t do.

 So, what do they have to show for it? The 2012 team might not have won a championship, but they showed that the Penn State pride will never run out. That when adversity strikes, this university that we students call home won’t give up.

The team took what looked like a meaningless season, seeing as they were ineligible to participate in bowl games or conference championships, and turned it into a monumental season ­- the season that proved Penn State football is here to stay. And for that, they will have their team on the wall of champions forever, affirming that this team was filled with champions.