The Penn State Nittany Lions are one of the most famous college football teams in the country. Through the 2007 season they have won two national championships and have had numerous players drafted into the world of professional football. The first thing many people think of when Penn State’s football program first crosses their mind is the incredible longevity of their head coach Joe Paterno. His first year coaching the team was in
1. Penn State did go undefeated in the first year it competed intercollegiately in football. The year was 1887 and there were only two games on the schedule.
2. The Lambert Trophy is awarded every season to the best college football team located on the east coast. It has been awarded every season since 1936. Penn State has won the award 26 different times.
3. The first African-American football player to be drafted and then play for an NFL team was Wally Triplett who was a star running back for the Penn State Nittany Lions.
4. Matt Bahr, former kicker for the Penn State football team from 1976-78, went on to play in the National Football League for six different teams over fifteen seasons including the Pittsburgh Steelers (1979-80), San Francisco 49ers (1981), Cleveland Browns (1981-89), New York Giants (1990-92), Philadelphia Eagles (1993), and New England Patriots (1993-95). No Penn State football player has gone on to play in more total professional football games than Matt Bahr who appeared in 235 contests.
5. In 1987, 13 Penn State football players were selected in the NFL Draft. This was the most Nittany Lions players ever selected in one year.
Penn State is easily one of the most famous schools in all of college football and longtime head coach Joe Paterno had a great deal to do with this. Under his watch the team has had undefeated seasons, national championships, and after joining the Big Ten Conference in 1993, conference championships as well. Penn State has built one of the more respectable football programs in the country and there is no reason to think that they will not continue to experience great success in the future.