Millen return a Blue-White highlight

Most spring football games are boring as offensive plays are “vanilla.”

But some 61,000 Penn State fans were treated to something very special in last Saturday’s Blue-White Game.

There was former All-American lineman Matt Millen doing color analysis for the Big Ten Network. What was remarkable about Millen was his miracle comeback from replacement heart surgery after spending two months recovering in the hospital and returning four months later to the booth.

Upon introduction, he was given a standing ovation by coaches, players and fans.

And how about scholarship track star Dan Chisena, who decided to play football in his fifth year for the Nittany Lions and was awarded a football scholarship shortly after hauling in a 59-yard catch for a TD and being swarmed by all the players and coaches.

Nobody saw this coming, but the impact of seeing this action by thousands on BTN, including blue-chip high school recruits looking at the marketing product James Franklin has developed in his six years was significant.

Take the recent comment made by freshman All-American linebacker Micah Parsons when he said Penn State football will be in the hunt to make the national playoffs in two years and maybe even this year.

Folks, take this young man seriously. He wouldn’t have said it if he didn’t truly mean it.

To climax the close of a wonderful day in Happy Valley, how about those Special Olympic folks who got the chance of a lifetime by appearing on the Beaver Stadium turf to run one play from scrimmage with the best QB in Penn State history, Trace McSorley, handing off the ball and leading the charge for the runner into the end zone.

Leave it to the uniqueness of one James Franklin.

Hats off to Penn State for doing it the right way.

Les Hart, Duncansville


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