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A Nittany Lion Connection in Washington, D.C.

Daryll Clark meets the media after last season's Ohio State game

Now here’s a conversation I wish I had heard: two of the most engaging quotes in Penn State football history, LaVar Arrington ’00 and Daryll Clark ’08, ’09, on the radio together.

Arrington, a former Redskin, hosts a sports talk-radio show in D.C., and he invited Clark, who just signed with the Redskins as a free-agent, to be on the show Monday. Clark was disappointed to not be drafted—he told Arrington, “I intend on coming down there with a chip on my shoulder as big as a boulder to show people I’m able to compete with the best.” If, like me, you don’t have time to listen at the above link, you can get the gist of it from this blog post from The Washington Post.

Arrington would be at the top of any “all-time quotable” list; he is, in fact, the reason I bought a tape recorder when I covered the Nittany Lions in the late 1990s. With most people—athletes or otherwise—you’re lucky if they speak in sentences. Arrington spoke in paragraphs, often full of interesting tangents, and I just couldn’t get it all down well enough in my notebook.

And while Clark doesn’t rise to that level, I admired that he never ducked the media, not even after last season’s tough loss to Iowa. Not an easy thing to do, I’m sure, but he did it with class.

Lori Shontz, senior editor

April 27, 2010 at 12:07 pm 2 comments

Joanna Lohman: From Playing Field to Front Office

Former Penn State soccer star Joanna Lohman ’04 Bus, who has continued her playing career in the Women’s Professional Soccer league and for other teams abroad, is moving beyond the playing field. And she’s hoping to move beyond soccer—to the NFL.

Joanna Lohman poses with the rest of the Washington Freedom braintrust.

This week, she was named general manager of the Freedom Futures, the developmental squad for the WPS’s Washington, D.C., franchise, the Freedom. And she told The Washington Post in this story that she’s got her eye on a bigger long-term goal: GM of the Washington Redskins—who, let’s face it, could use some help at 3-8.

Lohman is a native of the D.C. area and proud owner of a LaVar Arrington ’00 H&HD Redskins jersey, but she says those aren’t her only credentials. She told the Post, “Being around Joe Paterno at Penn State, his teams have always been blue collar. We don’t have names on the back of our jerseys; it’s always about the team before the individual. I think the Redskins could benefit from that type of outlook a little more.”

Hard to fault that logic. And great to see more women making inroads in professional sports management.

Lori Shontz, senior editor

December 4, 2009 at 12:47 pm 1 comment

Off to the Races Again for Navorro Bowman

When linebacker Navorro Bowman hauled in an interception in the third quarter of Saturday’s game against Indiana and headed for the end zone, one thought flashed through his mind:

I cannot be caught by the quarterback.

That, he said, would have been humiliating. Far worse than being tackled by a punter or kicker. “Quarterbacks are the ones wearing the red jerseys; you can’t touch them,” he explained, grinning. “So don’t touch me.”

No one did. Bowman rumbled 73 yards to the end zone for his second defensive touchdown of the season, one that gave the Nittany Lions their first lead of the game, 17-10 midway through the third quarter. If that was his last game in Beaver Stadium—a distinct possibility, given that he is projected as a first-round pick in the NFL Draft—Bowman certainly went out in style.

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Navorro Bowman races for the end zone, captured in this photo by Joe Hermitt of The Patriot-News in Harrisburg.

He also assured that he’d get a lot less ribbing for his second defensive touchdown of the season than he did for his first. When he returned a fumble 91 yards for a touchdown against Eastern Illinois, he was—to put it politely—exhausted when he reached the end zone. He could barely stumble back to the sideline. So led by defensive coordinator Tom Bradley, who’s got a great sense of humor, his teammates let him have it for nearly running out of gas.

Which is why outrunning Indiana quarterback Ben Chappell was so important. “Everybody would have been clowning me if I’d been tackled by the quarterback,” Bowman said.

And which is why he so appreciated that there were 18 fewer yards between him and the end zone on this touchdown run. “Ninety-one yards got me,” he said. “God’s looking out for me, cutting down the yards for me.”

Bowman spent much of the postgame fielding questions about whether he, like the 19 seniors honored in a pregame ceremony, had played his final game in Beaver Stadium. He even rang the Victory Bell on his way off the field, although he said it wasn’t a symbolic gesture. “They asked me to do it,” he said, although he was unsure exactly who “they” was. He assumes it was some students.

Bowman, whose off-field issues have been well documented, said he would evaluate whether he would return for his final year of eligibility. He said he’ll consult with his family, his former Penn State roommate Aaron Maybin, who turned pro after last season and was rewarded with a handsome contract by the Buffalo Bills, and LaVar Arrington, who has been a mentor for years. “I’m blessed to be in a position to be able to make this choice,” Bowman said.

Being a first-round pick matters, he said.

“I want to be the best,” he said. “That’s why you get up at 5 or 6 a.m. Just to be the best.”

Lori Shontz, senior editor

 

November 14, 2009 at 10:39 pm Leave a comment

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