Somewhere, the real 1986 Penn State quarterback John Shaffer is shaking his head.
Brent North’s story is quite bizarre. The Toledo resident was recently featured on “Guardian of Valor,” a website that calls out people who falsely claim military service to appear more impressive. As they put it, “It may be your First Amendment right to lie about service to this country, and medals earned, but it is our First Amendment right to show the world your lies.”
Throughout his life, North had falsely claimed that he was a Navy SEAL, an ATF agent, and a star quarterback at Penn State in 1986. Although fibbing about being a Nittany Lion football player isn’t illegal, lying about being a federal agent is, and North was recently indicted for Impersonating a Federal Agent according to the website.
One of North’s ex-girlfriends turned him in to the website and the findings are creepy to say the least. While North was never on any official 1986 Penn State football roster, he edited his own page on Fanbase.com to make it seem like he was.
Perhaps strangest of all, North edited a 1997 Sports Illustrated cover featuring Joe Jurevicious to be, well, himself.
Here’s the original cover:
And here’s the cover North edited to show his friends:
On top of the fake football mementos, investigators found forged military certificates — including a fake Naval Academy diploma — hanging up in North’s house.
The ATF indicted North on federal charges on July 10 for one count of Production of False Identification Documents and two counts of Impersonating a Federal officer — both of which are felonies — according to Guardian of Valor.
You can check out this whacky story — complete with pictures of all his fake documents — on the Guardian of Valor website. One thing is for certain though. It was John Shaffer who led the Nittany Lions to victory in the 1987 Fiesta Bowl to claim the national championship over Miami, not Brent North.