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Reps for Research: James To Use NFL Combine To Raise Funds for Uplifting Athletes

Penn Staters are familiar with dancing for a cure, but bench pressing to raise money and awareness may be a first.

Tight end Jesse James recently declared early for the NFL Draft and will join four other teammates at the NFL Combine a week from now.

James will put his 6-foot-7, 270 pound frame on display in Indianapolis, and will use his performance in Indianapolis to raise funds for Penn State’s chapter of Uplifting Athletes. Fans can show their support for James and Uplifting Athletes by pledging certain dollar amounts for every rep that James completes in the 225 pound bench press competition. Donations can be made at this link.

Former Nittany Lion and founder of Uplifting Athletes Scott Shirley showed his excitement and wants fellow tight end alumni to pledge their support for James.

You can follow along on the NFL Network on Feb. 20th when tight ends, specialists, and offensive linemen showcase their talents.

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Zack Rickens

is a senior broadcast journalism student minoring in procrastination. He hails from the booming metropolis of Harrisburg and can usually be found eating Suzie Wong egg rolls. He enjoys long walks to the Phyrst and is probably ranting about sports on Twitter (@slickrick717). He can be reached at [email protected]

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