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2013 Penn State Letterman Adam Gress Passes Away

Adam Gress, a Penn State offensive tackle who played in Happy Valley from 2009 to 2013, has reportedly passed away according to 247sports.com and some of Gress’ former teammates.

According to reports, Gress — who was serving as a construction site manager according to teammates — was injured during a fall, and tragically never recovered. It’s unclear where the fall occurred.

Gress was part of the fabric of loyal Penn Staters who helped keep the program together once NCAA sanctions were levied against the program. He helped keep the team together, and was a large reason why Penn State was able to weather the nearly impossible task it faced in rebounding from the sanctions.

Gress’ Penn State career took off upon the arrival of Bill O’Brien, who helped mold the former three-star recruit into the 6-foot-7, 320 pound behemoth he became. In 2013, Gress became a starter at right tackle, helping to keep freshman quarterback Christian Hackenberg safe in the pocket during his impressive freshman campaign.

After his collegiate career, Gress was signed by the New York Giants as an undrafted free agent. Though he did not make the final roster, Gress suited up for the Giants in the preseason — most notably during the Hall of Fame Game.

The Penn State community lost a valued member. Gress would have turned 27 next week.

Rest in peace, Adam.

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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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