Staff Picks: Who Should Lead Penn State Football Out Of The Tunnel For The White Out?
If you don’t live under a rock, you probably know what’s going on in Colorado. Coach Prime. Colorado football is on the map, and this past weekend, the stars showed out.
“College GameDay” was there. FOX “Big Noon Kickoff” was there. Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson was there. Offset was there. Lil Wayne was there.
Lil Wayne did a lil bit more than just kick back to enjoy the game. He led the Buffaloes out of the locker room with a live performance. So, this got us thinking… who should lead Penn State football out of the tunnel and into the greatest show in college sports?
A handful of our staffers made their cases for who would generate the most electric entrance.
Alex Smith: Ty Burrell
Ty Burrell is the perfect option because he is literally Phil from “Modern Family.” He received his master’s degree here at Penn State. He’s the best television dad, so why not have him be our leader outside of the tunnel? He also would add some magic (if you know, you know).
Alshine Mondesir: A Boogie wit da Hoodie
Since A Boogie is already in town for his tour this weekend, Penn State students would go crazy for him! It would definitely hype up the crowd during pregame.
Cooper Cazares: Chad Powers
This isn’t a hard decision. Nobody can get a crowd of over 110,000 fans ready to roll quite like walk-on legend Chad Powers. With his blazing speed and oddly-shaped nose, I can’t help but get juiced for Penn State football when he graces the field.
From walk-on to celebrity, Powers’ return would truly be an inspiring experience and push the Nittany Lions to “think fast, run fast.”
Jess Farhat: Adam Sandler
Adam Sandler should lead the Nittany Lions out of the tunnel. He’s funny, well-recognized everywhere, and just a pretty cool person. I mean come on, it’s Adam Sandler. What more reasoning do you need?
Joe Lister: Lil Wayne
Screw it, Lil Wayne wars.
If Deion Sanders can get Lil Wayne to lead Colorado out of the tunnel, surely James Franklin can do the same for Penn State. I just know that Drew Allar would go crazy for “Lollipop.”
Going 1-0 every week? Let’s go “A Milli” -0 every week instead.
Michael Siroty: Sheck Wes
It’s simple. Sheck Wes. Just imagine him walking the Nittany Lions out of the tunnel before a live Mo Bamba performance. That crowd noise would have Beaver Stadium shaking.
Jamie Lynch: Keegan-Michael Key (Hingle McCringleberry)
Penn State alum and somewhat professional James Franklin impersonator Keegan-Michael Key already has some experience leading the Nittany Lions out of the tunnel. In the 2018 Blue-White Game, Key sprinted out of the locker room in full stride, matching Franklin’s energy and demeanor almost perfectly.
Not only is he a Franklin double, but he’s also the ~fictional~ 2012 Heisman-winning tight end Hingle McCringleberry. Picture this: two fired-up James Franklins holding the team back at the gates, running in unison out onto the field, and then busting into Hingle McCringleberry’s signature three-pump celebration in the far end zone. Do you want to ignite a crowd? It doesn’t get much more electric than this, folks.
Mikey Deangelis: Meek Mill
Meek Mill already has ties to the state of Pennsylvania, considering he was born and raised in Philadelphia. However, Meek Mill also sings James Franklin’s walkup song, “Ima Boss.” A live rendition of this song could get the team, and most importantly, the coach, excited for the White Out matchup.
Sabrina Knox: The Willard Preacher
The Willard Preacher should walk the team out of the tunnel. He’s one of the most familiar faces on campus for all who are destined for a class in the Willard Building. The Willard Preacher would for sure be a hit in Beaver Stadium and would also pray for the team that it achieves victory in the White Out.
Sarah Lynn DeCarlo: Jonas Brothers
Picture this: the football team locked arm in arm. The Jonas Brothers come out, singing “Burnin’ Up.” Flames. Fireworks. Electric.
Aidan Conrad: Luke Combs
The people of Central Pennsylvania and fans of Penn State football would love to see country music phenom Luke Combs walk the Nittany Lions through the tunnel. This would be a preview of his concert in Beaver Stadium on April 27. Perhaps we can even see a song switch up for the walkout with “When It Rains It Pours.”
Rico Gore: President Neeli Bendapudi
I love you, Neeli. I think our university’s fearless leader should get her time to shine. A lot of people were concerned she wouldn’t pay much attention to athletics when she arrived here, but she has proved them wrong. As far as I can tell, she loves athletics. It is time for athletics to show her some public affection in return.
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