At last, Penn State’s most unsettling conflict is over. I’m talking, of course, about Bobby Engram coaching Pitt.
The Ravens announced today that the legendary Penn State wide receiver has joined John Harbaugh’s staff in Baltimore.
“When you combine Bobby’s NFL pedigree as a player and his coaching experience, you see why we’re excited to add him to our staff,” Harbaugh said. “He comes highly recommended, he did an outstanding job at San Francisco and Pitt, and he’s an impressive person. He’ll help our receivers and our offense become better.”
This is good news for Penn State fans, not only for the fact that “one of our own” now has a great NFL job, but that we don’t need to see Engram on Pitt’s sideline any longer — which was, at least for this fan, a source of endless pain. Engram served as Pitt’s wide receivers coach during the 2012 and 2013 seasons (the Panthers went a combined 12-13 during his tenure, including a victory in the Little Caesars Pizza Bowl).
“What an opportunity to join a team that has won, knows how to win and does all it can to make sure they continue to win,” Engram said. “I’m ready to be part of that and ready to work.”
Engram is one of Penn State’s greatest all-time receivers. He is still the leader in career yards (3,026) and touchdowns (31), and was the go-to receiver for Kerry Collins on that magical 1994 undefeated team. Engram was the first-ever Biletnikoff Award winner, which recognizes the nation’s best wide receiver.
He would go on to play an impressive 13 years in the NFL for the Chicago Bears, Seattle Seahawks, and Kansas City Chiefs. Engram finished his pro career in 2010 with 650 receptions for 7,751 yards, and 35 touchdowns.