Exciting Week for Penn State Football; Bars signs with NFL, Franklin goes through “Car Wash” at ESPN

Exciting Week for Penn State Football; Bars signs with NFL, Franklin goes through “Car Wash” at ESPN

With camp just around the corner for Penn State Football, players, coaches, and students alike are feeling the electricity in the air that is the coveted PSU Football culture. While we were all getting ready for the return to basic blues and black shoes, one Nittany Lion announced his commitment to the NFL while on his end, Coach Franklin spent the day at ESPN studios in Bristol, Connecticut.

Defensive end, Brad Bars (Nashville), announced his free agent signature to the New York Giants this past week. He is the seventh Nittany Lion to move to the NFL; he joins the likes of Donovan Smith (Owings Mills, Md.), Adrian Amos (Baltimore, Md.), Jesse James (Glassport), Miles Dieffenbach (Pittsburgh), Mike Hull (Canonsburg), and Deion Barns (Philadelphia).

After being absent from the 2013 season due to a crippling Achilles tendon injury, Bars worked doubly hard to become a force on the team in 2014, recording 10 tackles throughout the season. Likewise, Bars sets the standard high in the classroom; four Academic All-Big Ten selections are just some of his bragging rights.

The entire Nittany Lion family, including James Franklin, wishes Bars the best of luck in his endeavors in the NFL.

James Franklin helped spread awareness of the upcoming football season by visiting ESPN studios in Bristol, CT this past week. He took part in ESPN’s “Car Wash,” participating in varying activities while at ESPN.

Some notable moments of the day included Franklin’s photoshoot with ESPN, in which he posed in a dapper suit and fully represented all that encompasses a Nittany Lion: class and dignity. Franklin was quoted on Sports Center as saying: “There is a buzz right now about Penn State Football. It’s exciting.” Franklin went on to discuss how spending time fostering relationships with recruits has had extremely positive effects on the upcoming recruit classes.

Not only does Penn State have seven Nittany Lions in the NFL, but a coach who is dedicated to spreading the positive morals and goals of Penn State Football to the world. Let’s have a great season, Penn State.


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