The Penn Stater Daily — Jan. 28, 2014

January 28, 2014 at 12:49 pm Leave a comment

Be my guest: Coach James Franklin is heading to Washington tonight for President Obama’s State of the Union Address. Franklin will attend as the guest of U.S. Representative Glenn Thompson ’81, who represents Pennsylvania’s 5th Congressional District. Said Franklin in a release: “I look forward to hearing the President’s vision for 2014 and beyond and what we, as citizens of the greatest union in the world, can do to help move our nation forward.”

Robinson at yesterday's press conference in Jersey City. Photo:  Jim O'Connor, USA TODAY

Robinson at yesterday’s press conference in Jersey City. Photo: Jim O’Connor, USA TODAY

Bowled over: It was a rough 2013 for Michael Robinson ’04, whose health struggles postponed his career with the Seattle Seahawks last summer. Now, a healthy Robinson is headed to the Super Bowl. The Morning Call talked to Robinson, his teammates, and Coach Pete Carroll about the running back’s recovery — and his emotional reaction to the Seahawks’ victory at the NFC Championship Game. Says Carroll: “You can see the emotion come out of Michael. He’s the guy that never thought, ‘maybe I’ll never get this chance again.’ Then he comes back to play and he gets to play in the Super Bowl.”

Key players: Robinson and teammate Jordan Hill ’13 won’t be the only Penn Staters at MetLife Stadium on Feb. 2. Penn State News offers this handy roundup of all the alums, students, and faculty members headed to the Super Bowl on Sunday, most of them working behind the scenes. The list includes Emmy-winning director Rich Russo ’84, NFL’s vice president of football communications Michael Signora ’96, and sportswriters Jenny Vrentas ’06 and Emily Kaplan ’13.

Mary Murphy, associate editor

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