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1967 Co-Captain Bill Lenkaitis Passes Away

Former Nittany Lion great Bill Lenkaitis, who co-captained the 1967 Lambert Trophy-winning Penn State team, passed away after his battle with brain cancer.

Lenkaitis, an offensive lineman, played under both Rip Engle and Joe Paterno during his stellar career that saw him earn Associated Press All-East first team honors in his senior season, along with an honorable mention his junior year.

He enjoyed a lengthy NFL career, spending three seasons with the San Diego Chargers followed by an 11 season run with the New England Patriots. He helped pave the way for a Patriots team that rushed for 3,165 yards in 1978, a record that hasn’t been broken.

He’s survived by his wife Donna, son Jamie, daughters Kristen Thompson and Lauren Raffoni, brother Lew, and six grandchildren.

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David Abruzzese

David is a senior from Rochester, NY, nestled right in beautiful Western New York. He is majoring in Broadcast Journalism, and as an avid sports fan, he passionately supports the Buffalo Bills and Buffalo Sabres. He is the first Penn Stater from his family, and couldn’t be prouder to represent Penn State University. In his free time, he likes to alpine ski, and play golf. You can follow him on Twitter @abruz11, and can contact him via email at [email protected]


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