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OS Reviews: Drew Allar’s Children’s Book ‘The Men In Back’

If you’re a Penn State football fan or you constantly fangirl over QB1 Drew Allar, his new book is just for you!

This past October, Allar, alongside co-author Andy Vodopia, released “The Men In Back,” a 34-page illustrated children’s book.

Although the book is intended for children, it allows all football fans to take a look inside Allar’s life.

The story begins with Allar graciously and patriotically leading his fellow Nittany Lions onto the field with the sun shining on his rosy cheeks and perfectly set hair.

The cartoon is certainly kind to Allar, as his biceps practically pop off the page. I suppose when you write a book you can make yourself look as good as possible.

The story continues with an illustration of the route from Allar’s humble abode in Medina, Ohio, to Happy Valley. It showcases some pretty notable stops he makes on his journey to State College.

The next couple of pages is where I started to get a little lost. Vodopia claims that Allar and his friends “relived some of the greatest moments in State football” when they were younger. What child knows the exact play-by-play from a game that dates years before they were born? Seems a little fishy to me, but maybe that’s what kiddos do in their free time nowadays.

Flash forward to Allar’s signing day, when he ~naturally~ chose Penn State. I will admit, Allar’s facial expressions are pretty cute and wholesome here. However, I’m not quite sure if the “children” reading this book know what exactly signing day is or how to pronounce words like “intercollegiate.” Keep it simple, Drew.

The book could’ve gone without all the details about Allar’s contract since those elements tend to be rather boring and not very interesting for children. This book was meant for kids, right Drew?

The story then takes a brief pause as we flip to a page titled “Ten Questions With Drew Allar.” I’m not going to lie… his answers were pretty basic. We probably prefer this Q&A session, to be honest. At least I now know that his favorite dinner meal is a burger, fries, and broccoli. Corner Room on me, Drew!

We move on to learn about some of Allar’s hobbies, which include golfing and playing video games. Again — extremely creative answers here.

The story transitions from what Allar does in his leisure time to how he trains in the gym and how he creates “explosiveness” on the field. Readers learn that he loves weightlifting and rotational core exercises, which allow him to be in tip-top shape for football season.

The next page was probably my favorite part of the book, as Allar shares that he loves hearing the crowd sing along to “Sweet Caroline,” which plays during every home game.

The story finally comes to an end with Allar on the field with his team.

After reading Allar’s book, I realized that at the end of the day…he’s a pretty normal guy.

The book definitely lacked a plot and isn’t really for children, but it’s worth the read if you’re a die-hard Drew Allar stan.

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About the Author

Evan Halfen

Evan Halfen is a junior broadcast journalism major from Newark, DE, and is one of Onward State's associate editors. Evan loves all things Penn State, tailgating, being loud, just about any beach, and his puppies, Butterscotch and Wentzy. You can direct all your tips, roasts, and jokes to his Instagram: @evan.halfen or email: [email protected]

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