Maxwell Club to honor Penn State seniors
The Maxwell Football Club plans to honor Penn State’s seniors
for the players’ commitment and leadership during a challenging
The 31 seniors will receive the Thomas Brookshier Spirit Award
after the Nittany Lions finished 8-4 following the NCAA sanctions
for the school’s handling of the child molestation scandal
involving retired assistant coach Jerry Sandusky.
The seniors helped keep most of the team together following the
penalties. The past year also included the passing of former coach
Joe Paterno and the transition to successor Bill O’Brien’s tenure
Maxwell president Ron Jaworski in a statement praised the
seniors and called their accomplishments ”astonishing.”
”With the difficult circumstances surrounding the program it
would have been easy for many of these players to look for a
different situation to finish their college careers,” Jaworski
said. ”But they chose to stay and support their teammates, coaches
The award will be formally presented at the Maxwell Club’s
awards gala on March 1 in Atlantic City, N.J.
Separately, O’Brien was also named a finalist Tuesday for the
Liberty Mutual Coach of the Year award, which is handed out in
partnership with the National Football Foundation. O’Brien is also
a finalist for the Eddie Robinson Coach of the Year award by the
Football Writers Association of America.