Apr 20, 2013; University Park, PA, USA; Penn State Nittany Lions players run onto the field prior to the Blue White spring game at Beaver Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Matthew O

Penn State Football Raises Nearly $120,000 At Lift For Life

In the year since the Freeh Report was dropped on our collective Penn State community, this idea of a culture problem has been mocked at practically every opportunity.  There are plenty of fantastic examples that fly in the face of that misguided assertion, but perhaps the best was on full display Friday afternoon in Happy Valley.  For the 11th consecutive year, members of the PSU football program were put through a grueling workout, all in the name of raising money for kidney cancer patients and their families.  As of Friday’s event, $119,700.00 had been raised this year alone, and over $800,000.00 since the events inception. Just imagine what they could have done if our football centric culture were not so out of whack.

As for the event itself there were a couple items of note:

  • Zach Zwinak took part in all 6 drills, despite recovering from surgery on the wrist injury suffered during the Blue-White game.  During an event that required the players to carry a 150 pound sand filled keg, Zwinak used his healthy right arm to hoist the keg onto his shoulder.
  • Freshman tight end Adam Breneman appeared to be a full participant with no knee brace after being limited in the spring as he continued to recover from ACL surgery last summer.
  • As expected Tyler Ferguson did not attend, as he was given permission by O’Brien to return home to California to spend some time with his family while his mother battles breast cancer.  Freshman DB Neiko Robinson was not present either.

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