PSU news by
Penn State's student blog



Man Pretends to be 1986 Penn State QB, Gets Indicted For Impersonating a Federal Agent

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 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.

About the Author

Kevin Horne

Kevin Horne was the editor of Onward State from 2012-2014 and currently holds the position of Managing Editor Emeritus, which is a fake title he made up. He graduated from Penn State with degrees journalism and political science in 2014 and is currently seeking his J.D. at the Penn State Dickinson School of Law. A third generation Penn Stater from Williamsport, Pa., Kevin is also the president of the graduate student government. Email: [email protected]


State College Links
More by Kevin

Hometown Brewery Releases Beer Honoring Evan Pugh

Penn State’s first president Evan Pugh was born in 1828 at Jordan Bank Farm, three miles south of the city center of Oxford, Pennsylvania, an hour west of Philadelphia in Chester County. One-hundred eighty-nine years later, an Oxford brewery is honoring one of the preeminent champions of “liberal and practical” higher education in the form of a delicious Porter.

Penn State Basketball Downs Colgate 72-59 In Front of Thanksgiving Eve Crowd

Why Honoring Paterno Still Matters


Big Ten Announces 2018-2019 In-Conference Hoops Matchups

The 2018-2019 season will feature a 20-game in conference schedule for the first time.

From Manager To Walk On: Penn State Softball’s Ashton Mensinger Enjoying Unexpected Opportunity

Penn State Women’s Lacrosse Loses To Maryland 13-8

Penn State Men’s Lacrosse’s Ryan Keenan Selected In MLL Draft

Penn State Baseball Snaps Eleven-Game Losing Streak Against Mount St. Mary’s

Student Life

Miniature Penn State Tailgate Bus Up For Sale, Tailgate Never Has To End

The bus was purchased at a church and designed to carry 22 children. Now it carries about 30 cases of beer.

Creamery ‘Brew And White’ Iced Coffee Now Available

Be A Part Of The 2018 Senior Class Photo Inside Beaver Stadium

Saquon Barkley Shows Some Skin On SI Cover

The NFL Draft begins Thursday, April 26, at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas. Barkley is expected to be a top-five pick, and he and his most vehement supporters say there’s no reason he won’t go No. 1 overall.

Blue-White 2018 Prop Bets

Step right up and place some bets, folks!

Dry Weather Expected For Blue-White Weekend

Predicted temperatures in the mid-50s and mostly cloudy skies should make for a pleasant (but more importantly, dry) Blue-White Weekend.

Be the first to know

  • Top posts and the best Penn State stories

Thank you for subscribing.

Something went wrong.

Miniature Penn State Tailgate Bus Up For Sale, Tailgate Never Has To End

The bus was purchased at a church and designed to carry 22 children. Now it carries about 30 cases of beer.

Send this to a friend