Following Winning Footsteps

An annual reminder: We tend to leave recruiting news to the experts, but we’re happy to make an exception when National Signing Day offers up a story with a cool Penn State alumni angle. On Wednesday, Ellis Brooks gave us a good one.

Brooks’ commitment to Penn State was something of a surprise. The four-star linebacker received a scholarship offer less than two weeks ago, took an official visit to Happy Valley five days later, and on Jan. 30 announced for the Nittany Lions. One thing that probably didn’t hurt: his relationship with former Big Ten-title-winning QB Michael Robinson ’04, a longtime family friend. That picture? It’s from Robinson’s college graduation. The little dude? That’s Brooks. When he was five, he traveled to State College with his father, Keith, for Robinson’s commencement.

Now, Brooks is a Nittany Lion himself. In a few years, perhaps Robinson will be the one in attendance for Brooks’ graduation—and maybe for a Big Ten championship or two, as well.

Tim Shaw, A Titan for Life

Photo via TitansOnline.com

Photo via TitansOnline.com

Tim Shaw hasn’t played in the NFL since 2012, but on Tuesday, he officially became a Tennessee Titan for life. Shaw ’06, who was diagnosed with Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis in 2014 and has become a champion for those who suffer from the disease, signed a one-day contract with the team before immediately getting placed on the squad’s Reserve/Retired list.

The Titans’ roster learned the news on Tuesday night, when Shaw surprised his teammates  Continue reading

Tamba Hali Heads Home

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Tamba Hali left war-torn Liberia when he was 10 years old. The time since has been pretty good for Hali, who went from an All-American during his time at Penn State to an NFL Pro Bowler with the Kansas City Chiefs, but he was never able to return home. He told The Guardian in 2013 that while he wanted to visit, unrest in the country had made it difficult.

Over the weekend, Hali finally got his chance. Continue reading