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It’s cliché to say that an athlete’s career seems like it was ripped from a movie, but in the case of Jordan Norwood ’08, his career has followed a very Hollywood-esque path.
Norwood was a lightly-recruited kid out of high school who went to his local college and eventually turned into one of the best receivers in school history. He then went unselected in the NFL Draft, and for his career, Norwood has been cut/waived more times (5) than he has found the end zone (once in 2011).
But Norwood kept persevering, and on Sunday night, we were all reminded of the dynamic player who suited up for the Nittany Lions from 2005 to 2008. Norwood set the Super Bowl record for the longest punt return with his 61-yard effort against Carolina. And of course, when the game was over, Norwood won his first Lombardi Trophy.
So from all of us at The Penn Stater, congratulations, Jordan. Here’s to hoping there are many more Super Bowls in your future.
Bill DiFilippo, online editor
No matter how much time a person spends on campus, it’s almost impossible to see every nook and cranny of University Park. The fine folks at PennLive agree, so they decided to do their best to highlight some of the “unseen” parts of campus.
Inspired by a post it ran last year about the Pennsylvania State Capitol, PennLive is looking all over campus a series called “Unseen Penn State.” It kicked off on Tuesday with a post that looked at James Franklin’s office, which features, among other things, a view of Penn State’s practice field and a stuffed mountain lion that was given to him by a fan.
The rest of the series looks like it will be fascinating, as there will be features on places like Old Main, the Creamery, and the Breazeale Nuclear Reactor.
Bill DiFilippo, online editor
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Nice catch: There are tons of great photos and videos all over the Web from Saturday’s four-overtime win against Michigan. But here’s one you probably haven’t seen: A cool time-lapse view of the sun setting over Beaver Stadium from The Citizen’s Voice.
Do ya think he’s sexy? Rod Stewart hit Happy Valley last night for a show at the BJC. Today’s Daily Collegian reports that Stewart rocked several brightly colored outfits and performed many of his biggest hits — and, according to what may be my favorite caption ever, he also “excited the older crowd by slightly pulling off his jacket.”
This is Jeopardy: Here’s hoping any Penn Staters who caught Jeopardy! last night got at least one question right. This morning, the Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center (hint, hint) posted this photo to their Facebook page. The category: “State the State University.” Clever, Trebek.
Mary Murphy, associate editor
When student Grant Brown began thinking about designing the T-shirt for the third Blue Out at Beaver Stadium, hosted Saturday during the Kent State game by both One Heart: Students Against the Sexual Abuse of Children and the Blue Out committee, he considered two goals: keeping a sense of continuity and connecting with the previous years’ designs.
The result: The slogan on the back of the shirt is “One team, One school, One heart, One promise.” It plays off the “We Are” chant.
Victoria Smith, the director of the Blue Out, says wearing blue to the game is the most important factor in their effort to raise awareness, but also mentioned that another huge goal is to help raise money, which is done primarily through T-shirt sales. The T-shirts are available at the Family Clothesline and the Penn State Bookstore; all proceeds from the $15 cost will go toward the Pennsylvania Coalition against Rape‘s Vision of Hope fund.
Last year, more than $74,000 was raised through T-shirt sales, canning outside Beaver Stadium, and other smaller fundraisers.
Student volunteers will be canning again Saturday morning before the Kent State game, and those who sign up and specify that they would like a student ticket can qualify for one. Which is a pretty sweet deal. They must register on blueout.org by 2 p.m. Friday to qualify. (Students can continue to volunteer to can on Saturday here.)
What’s most impressive about this effort: The Blue Out committee is made up of only four students: Director Tori Smith, Logistics Chair Emily Waschenko, Social Media Chair Sean Osgood and Brown, the merchandising chair.
You can learn more about the Blue Out by clicking here on their website and watching the video below.
Maggie McGlinchy, intern