D.J. Newbill Pens Open Letter Thanking Eric Barron, Sandy Barbour, And Pat Chambers
Earlier on Saturday afternoon, D.J. Newbill — one of the greatest players to ever represent Penn State basketball — penned a beautifully written thank-you letter addressed to Penn State President Eric Barron, AD Sandy Barbour, and Head Coach Pat Chambers.
The letter comes after Newbill’s Penn State journey came to a close after losing to Purdue in the quarterfinals of the Big Ten Tournament, with Newbill off to pursue his dream of playing professionally with French club ASVEL. If you have any spare time, take a minute or two and read the heartwarming letter — one truly written with utmost gratitude and sincerity.
Newbill begins his letter by describing his humble beginnings growing up on the streets of North Philadelphia, and how thankful he was that Barron, Barbour, and Chambers offered him the opportunity to attend Penn State and grow as an individual. He talks about the pride he feels in being a graduate of such a renowned university, and how important the support of Chambers and the entire Penn State basketball team were during Newbill’s time in Happy Valley — specifically after Newbill tragically lost his mother to cancer in 2012.
Words cannot do the letter justice, as it captures every element of who D.J. Newbill is: a sincere, caring young man who seized and opportunity and never looked back. If you weren’t a fan of Newbill yet, you definitely are now.
The letter can be read in its entirety here.
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