PSU news by
Penn State's student blog

Topics

About

Freshman Creates Joey Julius T-Shirt To Benefit THON

Penn State football’s redshirt freshman kicker Joey Julius is already a star in his own right. Back in August, before he even stepped on the field, we named him your “New Favorite Football Player.” Now, after three games, Julius has proven himself a dependable starter after making several key field goals for the team. Not only has he captured the starting kicker spot, but also the hearts of the Penn State fans of all ages.

One heart that Julius captured was that of freshman David Friedman. The freshman, along with his friends Jack Bowman, Amanda Silverstein, Lauren Echausse, and Brenden Brendt, have created a Joey Julius t-shirt available now for purchase. All of the proceeds from the shirt sales will be donated to THON.

The front of the navy blue t-shirt features a kicker and ball silhouette with the words ‘Big Toe’ on top. The back features Julius’ name and number (99). The back also has the quote, “The hero we need, not the hero we deserve,” in reference to a similar quote from “The Dark Knight.” The shirts are currently on sale here for $20.

IMG_5010

“My friends and I were watching the Temple game and we saw this guy line up to kickoff and he just pounded the ball with what looked like little to no effort, and we, like the rest of Penn State, fell in love,” Friedman explained.

This love prompted him to create a shirt for his friends to wear in support, and his friends who fell in love with Julius from the start all loved them.

“Initially we just made the shirts for fun, and then we went to the game with a giant fat head and poster and our banner, and then people kept asking where we made them and where to get them, so Jack and I decided since it was canning weekend, we would sell them for $20 and all the proceeds would go to THON!”

Though he currently isn’t involved with THON, he said the choice to donate proceeds to THON was obvious. “Everybody loves THON, and it seems like a great way help out a bit. NCAA is so strict with what their rules on student athletes in almost an insane way, so we figured we would donate to charity just because it is something really great out of something that isn’t (the rules of NCAA),” he said.

On the first day of sale, 26 shirts were sold. His goal of 50 was reached around 2 p.m. on the second day of sale. As of Monday night at 6:45 p.m., he has raised $460 and sold 52 shirts.

Friedman and his friends even got Julius’ seal of approval on Saturday at the football game. Together they sat at the front of the student section with a custom sign, all wearing their “Big Toe” shirts. The group also brought posters and a fat head of Julius. After the game, Julius approached them to take a selfie and said that he loved the shirts and thanked them for the support.

unnamed (14)

“We had a lot of the football team saying they thought they were great,” Friedman added.

About the Author

Brandilyn Heckman

is a junior majoring in Secondary Education (English). Though she commutes to class from her home in Penns Valley, she refuses to be called a 'townie.' Along with Onward State, she currently interns with the Centre Daily Times. In her spare time, she is unafraid to show her love for Penn State, Landon Donovan, and Captain America. You can follow her on twitter at @Brandilynh or contact her via email with [email protected]

Comments

More by Brandilyn

Penn State Love Stories 2015-16: Part 9

This week’s love stories follows a few long-distance relationships that overcame the odds thanks to true love.

The Life And Death Of The Penn State Elms

Penn State Love Stories 2015-16: Part 8

Athletics

Penn State Hockey Releases 2018-19 Roster

Brett Murray is no longer on the team after an uneventful tenure in Happy Valley that saw him score just one goal in 33 games.

Penn State Women’s Soccer Sophomores Start Season Strong

Penn State Women’s Soccer Beats Duquesne 6-0

Shea Moyer Lifts Penn State Women’s Soccer Past West Virginia 1-0

Penn State Women’s Soccer Poised For Strong 2018 Season

Student Life

Freshman 101: Helpful Links

Canvas, LionPATH, and eLiving are just a few of the websites you’ll need to figure out this great big world called Penn State.

Nominations Now Open For Gender-Neutral Homecoming Court

Your Fall 2018 Sylly Week Playlist

Plans Submitted For New KFC In State College

Developers have submitted preliminary land development plans to build a new KFC restaurant at 1780 S. Atherton St. in State College.

Mayor Don Hahn Plans To Veto Overnight Parking Restrictions In Highlands Neighborhood

Those in favor of the ordinance plan to consider overturning the veto at a special meeting next Monday.

While You Were Gone…

Here’s a roundup of what went on around Penn State during summer break.

Be the first to know

  • Top posts and the best Penn State stories

Thank you for subscribing.

Something went wrong.

What Changed In State College While You Were Away

With another summer in the books, here are all the changes to State College that happened while you were gone.

Send this to a friend