Overheard On Twitter: The People Who Believed In Penn State Circa 2012
It all started a few weeks ago. As the college football story of the year was developing in front of our eyes, Twitter didn’t forget where it all began. Twitter never forgets.
These days, Penn State Twitter is flooded with tweets from folks who doubted the Nittany Lions would ever bounce back.
there’s no football at Penn State for the foreseeable future. Minimum next five years.
— Stephen A Smith (@stephenasmith) July 13, 2012
It’s fun to remind these people how wrong they were. It’s also a testament to how hard this team worked to build up from nothing to the top five. If you can believe it, though, not everyone was a Penn State doubter when doubting Penn State was the easiest thing to do.
It really was Penn State vs. Everybody for a long time, so you can count national supporters on one hand, but here are some throwback tweets from those who always believed in (or at least were somewhat positive about) Penn State:
No matter what happens I’m staying at Penn State …
— Garry Gilliam Jr. (@Garry_Gilliam) July 22, 2012
Gilliam kept his promise and his whole class became something for the Nittany Lion faithful to believe in. Majority of them tweeted similar things, and you have to respect the vocal, steadfast dedication.
Penn State will get through this…
— Adam Taliaferro (@Tali43) July 12, 2012
Speaks for itself.
“@lutzy30: @KirkHerbstreit will James Franklin have similar success at PSU like he did at Vandy?” Over time—even more.
— Kirk Herbstreit (@KirkHerbstreit) February 13, 2014
Raise your hand if Kirk Herbstreit isn’t your favorite Ohio State alum. No one? Thought so.
Feel for penn state players who had no involvement yet will pay price for sins of others
— Rece Davis (@ESPN_ReceDavis) July 23, 2012
It was surprisingly difficult to find rational takes like this back in 2012.
I honestly just love penn state too much as a school to even considering transferring… So stop asking… #Weare
— Coach Zanellato (@mzanellato) July 22, 2012
Former receiver (now ‘Coach’ at Davenport) Matt Zanellato was among the key group of players who decided against transferring to another school.
RT @MMartine23: Does Penn state have any shot at beating michigan in the next decade? … Sure. I expect Bill O’Brien to be a standout.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) April 30, 2012
Again, this might not seem like resounding support, but the nation really wasn’t saying anything positive.
If we missed any, feel free to leave them in the comments or tweet them at us! Positivity is a beautiful thing, isn’t it?