Football Players Reaffirm Commitment to Program
Earlier this morning, a group of Penn State football players led by linebacker Mike Mauti and fullback Mike Zordich gave remarks on the practice field outside the Lasch Building to reaffirm their commitment to Penn State.
Here are their complete remarks:
Zordich: We want to let the nation know that we’re proud of who we are. We’re the true Penn Staters. We’re gonna stick together through this. We’re gonna see this thing through, and we’re gonna do everything we can for the university. We know it’s not gonna be easy, but we know what we’re made of. We know that through this grind, there’s going to be tough times ahead. We know what our coaches are made of. We know what the university is made of. And we’re ready and willing to fight and stick together through this and to see this thing through to the end.
As a team, we don’t see this as a punishment. We see this as an opportunity. This is the greatest opportunity a Penn Stater could ever be given. We have an obligation to Penn State, and we have the ability to fight — not just for our team, not just the program — but an entire university, and every man who wore the blue and white on that gridiron before us. We are going to embrace this opportunity. We will make something very special happen in 2012.
Mauti: We take this as an opportunity to create our own legacy. This program was not built by one man, and this program is sure as hell not gonna be torn down by one man. This program was built on every alumni, every single player who came before us — built on their backs. And we’re gonna take that right now. This is our opportunity to do that.
Zordich: When we go out there every Saturday, we suit up for our teammates first of all, but second of all it’s for the fans, the students, and all the families in Nittany Nation who support us through all this. And we’re gonna do everything in our power to make them proud. And we’re gonna do everything in our power to get this place back on track. I am personally calling out every member of Nittany Nation, all the students, fans, and family members, alumni — everybody that there is — please come support us through this because we need you just as much as you need us. And together, we’re gonna get through this thing until the end.
Mauti: No sanctions, no politician is ever going to take away what we have here. None of that is ever going to tear us apart. Right now, all we can do is put our heads down, and just go to work. That’s all we can do.
We’re gonna fight for Penn State, we’re gonna fight for each other, because this is what Penn State is about — fighting through adversity, and we’re gonna show up every Saturday and raise hell.
According to Lions247, the following players were present at the statement (with a few unidentified):
Most notably missing from that list is running back Silas Redd, who is reportedly being courted by USC.
The level of commitment and class shown by our current team since the NCAA sanctions were handed down has been incredible. Only one player has announced that he will transfer, with over 40 publicly stating their intention to stay. “Sing our love and loyalty,” indeed.