James Franklin Shows Off His Nittany Lion Pride With New Gift

Since becoming the head football coach at Penn State in 2014, James Franklin has really embraced the Penn State fan base as his family. With his new position he, like most of us, has developed a deep passion for Nittany Lions — but he’s officially the Statest one of us all. Franklin tweeted out his heartfelt thanks this weekend to long-time fan Mark Roller for his very own taxidermied mountain lion. It’s just like the one on the upper level of the All-Sports Museum, except this big guy is heading straight for Franklin’s office.

It’s a flashy gift, but it’s very telling of the Penn State community’s support of Franklin so far. Most college coaches just have their logo or mascot on a hundred different sweatshirts. You don’t see an elephant in Nick Saban’s office, a terrapin in Randy Edsall’s office, and certainly not a buckeye tree in Urban Meyer’s office.

This new gift is one to make any Penn State fan jealous and it helps show the fans’ appreciation to James Franklin for picking Penn State last year. Who knows, maybe even staring into that lion’s eyes every day before leaving the office will get him more fired up than usual.

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Jacob Abrams

Jacob Abrams is a sophomore from Oxford, PA, majoring in Management in the Smeal College of Business. Jacob is the President/GM of The LION 90.7 FM along with being a play-by-play commentator and sports talk show host. He is a sports fanatic, and strongly supports the Philadelphia Phillies, Flyers, Sixers, and the New Orleans Saints. He is a first-generation Penn Stater, and in his free time he likes to play sports and sing. You can follow him on Twitter @jake_abrams and contact him at [email protected]


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