John Harrar to the…Philadelphia Eagles?!?

Penn State Nittany Lions forward John Harrar (Mandatory Credit: Matthew OHaren-USA TODAY Sports)
Penn State Nittany Lions forward John Harrar (Mandatory Credit: Matthew OHaren-USA TODAY Sports) /

Could Penn State Basketball send their second big man to the NFL in a decade?

John Harrar will be attending minicamp with the Philadelphia Eagles, according to his agent.  Blake Fromang, of Tier 1 Sports Management, announced both John Harrar as his client and that Harrar will be joining the NFL’s Philadelphia Eagles minicamp.

A fan favorite known as the ‘King of Delco’, John Harrar was the heart and spirit of the Penn State Basketball team for several years.  He returned for his fifth year after the COVID-19 pandemic and averaged a double-double in the 2021-2022 season, finishing his career as the school’s all-time leader in games played.

Harrar played football in high school for PA powerhouse Strath Haven and had committed to play football for Army before a call from Pat Chambers convinced him to play basketball collegiately, instead.

While it sounds crazy to consider playing the NFL after not playing an organized down for years, Penn State Basketball and Pat Chambers have a history here.

Forward Ross Travis played four years for the Nittany Lions before signing with the Kansas City Chiefs practice squad in 2015.  Travis played two seasons for the Chiefs, two seasons for the Colts, one year for the Jets, and last year was on the practice squads for the Cardinals, Browns, and Lions.  Travis has 14 career catches for 142 yards.

While it’s still a long shot Harrar ever earns an NFL roster spot, it’s exciting that John Harrar has a chance to continue his athletic career.

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