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Distraction of the Day: Michael Mauti May Have Killed a Man

Editor’s Note: We did not expect the anger that this headline caused. When you’re watching a football game and see a big tackle, it is a common colloquialism in sports to say “he killed him.” In no way whatsoever were we trying to insinuate that Michael Mauti actually killed someone. We sincerely apologize to anyone who was misled or offended by this headline.

After a heartbreaking double-overtime loss against Ohio State last night, you’re likely in need of a good Sunday pick-me-up. Enter Michael Mauti, the former Penn State linebacker we all know and love for carrying the Nittany Lions through the sanction era.

Mauti now plays alongside fellow Penn State linebacker Gerald Hodges with the NFL’s Minnesota Vikings, mostly in a special teams role. In a game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Sunday afternoon, Mauti may or may not have killed a man with this nasty bone-crushing tackle.

Trindon Holliday was the unfortunate kick returner on the receiving end of that Mauti Smash. The play came off of a Minnesota punt with seven minutes to go in the fourth quarter.

For what it’s worth, the Vikings went on to win 19-13 just seven seconds into overtime off of a fumble recovery touchdown. Mauti finished the game with just one tackle, but he certainly made it count. They don’t call us Linebacker U for nothing.

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Zach Berger

Zach Berger is a reporter and Onward State's Managing Editor Emeritus. You can find him at the Phyrst more nights than not. If he had to pick a last meal, Zach would go for a medium-rare New York strip steak with a side of garlic mashed potatoes and a cold BrewDog Punk IPA. You can reach him via e-mail at [email protected] or on Twitter at @theZachBerger.

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