To date, over 325 former players from over six decades have joined together to defend the history and future of the Penn State Football program, which, they say, cannot be found in the NCAA Major Infractions Database for a single NCAA violation even today.
“Joe Paterno and the entire Penn State football program have been used as scapegoats in this horrible tragedy,” said Brian Masella. “When the NCAA neglected to conduct their own investigation, and used the flawed Freeh Report as the judge and jury, they further prevented an opportunity to get to the real truth, and in turn, punished a generation of
Penn State players, students, and supporters who had nothing whatsoever to do with Jerry Sandusky.”
Statement from Former Penn State Football Players:
On May 30, 2013, twenty people – including five Penn State Trustees, four faculty members, two former coaches, and nine former student-athletes, filed a lawsuit challenging the NCAA’s sanctions against Penn State.
On the same day, the plaintiffs sent the former Penn State football players a letter explaining their rationale for taking legal action. The letter notes that the plaintiffs intend to fight for Penn State’s honor and that they hope the former student-athletes “will be supportive of these efforts”.
We, the undersigned, indeed support the plaintiffs’ action in launching their suit. Like them, we reject the NCAA’s assertion that a “culture of reverence for the football program” allowed Jerry Sandusky’s crimes to occur. We agree with the plaintiffs that the Freeh Report, which formed the foundation for the sanctions – was fundamentally flawed.
We stand with our nine brother Lettermen and the other eleven Penn Staters in demanding “fairness, due process, truth, and a just outcome.” Everyone – Sandusky’s victims, Penn Staters, and the public at large – deserves to know the complete truth.”
Robert Belus; Frank Della Penna; Charles Chick King; Ron Markiewicz; Fran “Bucky” Paolone;
Don Ryan; John Jack Urban
Dick Anderson; Steve Bezna; Bob Capretto; Jack Curry; Alan Delmonaco; Gerry Farkas; Chuck Franzetta; Ed Gabirel; Tony Gebicki; James Graham; Warren Hartenstine; Michael Irwin; Robert Kline; George Kulka; John Kulka; Jon Lang; Ed Lenda; Linc Lincoln Lippincott; Jim Litterelle; Thomas Mairs; James McCormick; Thomas McGrath; Dave McNaughton; Donald Miller; Hank Oppermann; Bill Rettig; Dave Rowe; Ted Sebastianelli; Gary Shaffer; Steve Smear; Dave Truitt; Frank Waresak; Chris Weber
Walt Addie; Russell Albert; Kurt Allerman; Ferris Atty; Jeff Behm; David Bland; Jeff H. Bleamer; Dr. Jim Bradley; Tom Bradley; Richard M. Brown; Chuck Burkhart; John W. Bush; Greg Buttle; Robert Campbell; Michael Cappelletti; Richard F. Caravella; Joseph V. Carlozo; Charles Chiampi; Thomas Greg Christian; Craig Coder; Ron Coder; Mike Conforto; F. Len Consalvo; Bill Crummy; Steven A. Davis; Chris Devlin; Joe Diange; Thomas F. Donchez; Rocco English; Scott Fitzkee; Chuck Fusina; Paul Gabel; Steve Geise; Doneal Gersh; Bill Glennon; Tony Gordon; David F. Graf; Mike Guman; Brian Hand; Franco Harris; Scott Hettinger; Ron Hileman; Ron Hostetler; Thomas M. Hull; Neil Hutton; David W. Klock; Bob Knechtel; Richard A. Knechtel; Joe Lally; Philip F. LaPorta; John R. Lewchenko; Larry J. Ludwig; Mark J. Markovich; Brian Masella; Rich Mauti; Richard McClure; Lance Mehl; D. Scott Mitchell; Guy Montecalvo; Robert Nagle; Daniel F. Natale; Richard N. Nichols; Thomas Odell; Michael A. Orsini M.D.; Woody Petchel, Jr.; Carlos Quirch; Tom Rafferty; Joel Ramich; John M. Reihner; Paul Renaud; Robert Rickenbach; James E. Rosecrans; George SanFilippo; Carl Schaukowitch; Bernard Shalvey; Tom L. Shoemaker; Micky Shuler Sr; Tom Shuman; John Skorupan; Steven E. Stilley; Donald P. Tarosky; Raymond Tesner; Gary R. Tyler; Alberto Vitiello; Marshall Wagner; Dan Wallace; Alex Wasilov; Franklin Frog Williams; John Williams; Thomas J. Williams; Charles Wilson
Roger Alexander; Michael Arnold; Walker Lee Ashley; Mark Battaglia; Trey Bauer; Jeff Bergstrom; Todd Blackledge; Scott Bouslough; Kirk Bowman; Don Brinsky; Tim Bronish; Keith Brown; Jeff Brunie; Jeff Butya; Drew Bycoskie; Mark Cherewka; Chris Clauss; Joel Coles; Bill Contz; Tom Couch; Troy Cromwell; Peter Curkendall; Rich D’Amico; John DePasqua; Dwayne Downing; Michael Dunlay; Thomas Durant; Eric Etze; Craig Fiedler; Tim Freeman; Mark Fruehan; Brennan Gaertner; Mark Galimberti; Mike Garrett; Gene Gladys; Scott Gob; Nick Haden; Lance Hamilton; Albert Harris; Greg Hay; Stu Helgeson; Joseph Hines; John Hornyak; Randy Huttenberger; Timothy Janocko; Joe Johns; Eddie Johnson; Greg Jones; Keith Karpinski; Ken Kelley; Matt Knizner; Rich Kuzy; Massimo Manca; Kirk Martin; Carmen Masciantonio; Brian McCann; Matt McCartin; Donald Jay McCormick; Shawn McNamara; Mike Meade; Rob Mikulski; Dan Morgan; Bob Ontko; Aoatoa Polamalu; Bobby Polito; Ed Pryts; Scott Radecic; Terry Rakowski; Kevin Romango; Dwayne Rush; Michael Russo; Rich Schonewolf; John Shaffer; Brian Siverling; Patrick Slater; Rob Smith; Pete Speros; Joseph Strycharz; Mike Suter; Tim Sweeney; John Walsh; Darryl Washington; Steve Wisniewski; Jeff Woofter
Jeff Anderson; John Andress; Steve Babinchak; Michael Barninger; Tom Bill; Dave Brzenchek; Mike Carroll; Robert Ceh; Kerry Collins; Brett Conway; Bob Daman; Maurice Daniels; Daniel Drogan; Adam Fahrer; Douglas Farren; Gerald Filardi; Derek Fox; Reggie Givens; Rudolph Glocker; Ryan Grube; Shelly Hammonds; Jeff Hartings; Leonard Humphries; Greg Huntington; Chad Linnon; Rob Luedeke; Mike Malinoski; Joe Markiewicz; Christian Marrone; Tony Matesic; OJ McDuffie; Tom Molnar; Joe Nastasi; Kevin O’Keefe; Brian O’Neal; Brandon Palmer; Ryan Seese; Brandon Short; Dave Smith; Terry Smith; Vincent Stewart
Lance Antolick; Jason Bisson; Mike Blosser; Jeremy Boone; James Boyd; Brian Brozeski; Dorian Burton; Gino Capone; Daryll Clark; Brennan Coakley; Dan Corrado; Jeremiah Davis; Steven Delich; Larry Federoff; Gus Felder; Shamar Finney; Eric Flohr; Joshua Gaines; Phil Gardill; Nathan Glunt; Ryan Gmerek; Tom Golarz; Andrew Guman; Benjamin Gummo; Joe Hartings; Erik Holt; Tom Humphrey; Justin Ingram; Joe Iorio; Cedric Jeffries; Bryant Johnson; Michael Johnson; Bobby Jones; Jim Kanuch; Brad Karson; Ben Lago; Kevion Latham; Tyler Lenda; Mike Lukac; Jordan Lyons; Nick Marmo; Shawn Mayer; Anthony Morelli; Jordan Norwood; Anwar Phillips; Andrew Pitz; Paul Posluszny; Curt Reese; Matthew Rice; David Royer; Bryan Scott; Ryan Scott; AQ Shipley; Mickey Shuler; Jonathan Stewart; Nick Sukay; Tyler Valoczki; Casey Williams; Thomas Williams; Michael Yancich; Alan Zemaitis
Coaches & Staff
Dick Anderson; John Bove; Booker Brooks; Craig Cirbus; Don Carlino; Raymond J. Horan; George Salvaterra