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Penn State-Michigan: Nittany Lion Great To Serve as Honorary Captain

Photo by Penn State Paul Posluszny helped lead the resurgence of PSU football in the mid-2000s.

In arguably Penn State’s biggest home game of 2021, one of the most prominent Nittany Lions of the past two decades will be an honorary captain.

Paul Posluszny, who came to Penn State from Hopewell High School in Aliquippa, Pennsylvania, and went on to have a fabulous college career that featured national awards and All-America recognition on both the athletic and academic side, will have the honorary title this afternoon shortly before the noon kick.

At Penn State from 2003-06, Posluszny was a two-time All-American and a two-time Academic All-American– both on the first team. He won the Chuck Bednarik Award for the best defensive player in college football in 2005 and ’06 and won the Dick Butkus Award for college football’s best linebacker in 2005. Along with individual accolades, Posluszny helped Penn State return to prominence after four losing seasons between 2000-’04, with the 11-1 2005 season being the highlight of that revival.

After Penn State, Posluszny was a second-round draft pick of the Buffalo Bills in 2007 and had an 11-year NFL career with Buffalo and Jacksonville. He retired from football in March of 2018.

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