With the number of victims growing, and Joe Paterno stepping down, former Penn State linebacker Paul Posluszny of the Jacksonville Jaguars shared his thoughts with Jacksonville.com. According to another former Penn State linebacker, Dan Connor, Posluszny and Sandusky were pretty close.
"It's obviously a very, very disturbing situation for everybody involved," said Posluszny, who played at Penn State through the 2006 season. "And if it's true, you feel so awful for the kids, their families, and it's just one of those things you say, 'I can't believe it. I can't believe it.'"
"It's really, really hard to believe because he's -- Sandusky was a legendary coach that everybody held in such high regard. He was a very respectable, very honorable guy. That's what we all were led to believe. I just can't believe it happened. He was done coaching in '99, but he was still visible, he was still around. Like I said, legendary coach. When guys would see him, man that was a hall of famer. And that's how we looked at him. We obviously had no idea what was [happening]."
Well, at least Posluszny can say that, because not everyone else at Penn State can say the same. Some of them did know about it.
It's way, way, way down there on the list of things to be concerned about with something like this, but I do feel for guys like Posluszny. His only crime was to believe in a predator who was apparently very skilled at presenting himself as something else, and yet, it's Posluszny's alma mater, and the time he spent playing football there, that might never be thought of the same way again. Everyone gets painted with the same brush.
I wonder if we'll start seeing more Penn State alums opt to declare their high school as their school of origin, or to go with a T-Sizzle-esque option, for Sunday night football intros.
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