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Bill O’Brien Represents State College, Suhey Peppers During NFL Draft

Former Penn State football head coach and current Texans general manager/head coach Bill O’Brien represented State College well during the NFL Draft Friday night.

O’Brien proudly displayed a jar of State College’s own Suhey Peppers on the corner of his desk while drafting. The product is owned by the Suheys, an iconic Penn State family.

The Suhey family has been involved with Penn State football ever since Steve Suhey played for Penn State back in the late 1940s. From there, three of his sons — Matt, Larry, and Paul — played at Penn State in the 1970s. Two of his grandsons, Kevin and Joe, also played for the Nittany Lions in the 2000s. All in all, six Suheys are now Penn State lettermen.

Family matriarch Ginger Suhey began distributing her peppers to folks around her home during football tailgates. They were pretty popular and prompted the now-famous peppers to take off and become a Happy Valley tradition.

Clearly, the Suheys’ peppers made an impression on O’Brien and his family during their time in State College. Heck, he even included it as a war room essential while overseeing Houston’s draft this weekend.

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Gabe Angieri

After a four-year career with Onward State, Gabe is now a college graduate and off to the real world. He shockingly served as the blog’s managing editor during the 2022-23 school year and covered football for much of his Onward State tenure, including trips to the Outback Bowl and Rose Bowl. For any professional inquiries, please email Gabe at [email protected]. You can still see his bad sports takes on Twitter at @gabeangieri.

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