ESPN Training Days Offers Penn Staters a Preview
(Update August 18): Another day, another preview video. Check it out below:
“If anything adversity brings us together and I’d say that last year our love for each other was more apparent to the outside world than it had been in the past.” – John Urschel
ESPN gave Penn State fans a taste of what’s in store for its Training Days feature in a short video clip released today. Cameras have been following around coach Bill O’Brien and the team during training camp gathering footage for a one-hour ESPN or ESPN2 special to air Tuesday, Aug. 20, at 7 p.m., to be followed by a series of 30-minute features. And if this clip is any indication, we’re in for a real treat.
“There are many things about our situation that has not changed,” O’Brien said in an emotional address to the team captured by ESPN’s cameras. “The one thing that has not changed is that still — numbers wise — it is not an even playing field. I’m just going to be honest and tell you the truth. We’ll play teams that have more players than us numbers wise. Who cares? And who cares what everybody out there says and what everybody out there thinks? It doesn’t matter. What matters is the people in this room think and what we believe and what we’re building and what we’re going to do to show people the work that we’ve put in.”
Tight end Jesse James also recalls almost visiting another school with a few of his teammates after the sanctions came out, but being unable to leave after getting on the highway outside of State College.
“Me and one of my other friends on the team were on our way out of town and were going to visit another school,” James said. “Right as we were getting off the exit to get on the highway I made him turn around. That’s when I knew that I didn’t want to leave State College, this is the place I want to play.”
Make sure to tune in next Tuesday for some goosebumps.
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