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Former Penn State QB Sean Clifford Listed as Backup for Cincinnati Homecoming

Sean Clifford Rose Bowl
PASADENA, CA - JANUARY 02: Penn State Nittany Lions quarterback Sean Clifford (14) celebrates during the Rose Bowl game between the Penn State Nittany Lions and the Utah Utes on January 2, 2023 at the Rose Bowl Stadium in Pasadena, CA. (Photo by Ric Tapia/Icon Sportswire)

Former Penn State quarterback Sean Clifford will return home to Cincinnati, Ohio, this weekend for his preseason debut with the Green Bay Packers, who drafted him in the fifth round of the 2023 NFL Draft.

It marks the first time since Clifford played at St. Xavier High School in Cincinnati that he will don a uniform other than the blue and white for the Nittany Lions. He’ll do so as the backup to starting quarterback Jordan Love for the Packers.

Clifford and third-string quarterback Alex McGough make up a quarterback room behind Love that’s the only one in the NFL that hasn’t thrown a pass in the league. McGough was the United States Football League’s MVP last season, playing for the Birmingham Stallions after bouncing around NFL practice squads in Houston and Seattle.

Clifford had an illustrious career at Penn State and racked up thousands of snaps for the team in his six years with the program. Although he’s a rookie, Clifford boasts much experience at the collegiate level.

The homecoming for Clifford Sunday will serve as a special moment for the Penn State graduate. He and his brother Liam grew up as Bengals fans and spent many a Sunday at Paycor Stadium cheering on the hometown team while they were kids.

Sunday, Clifford will likely make his professional debut in front of many friends and family who’ve supported him throughout his journey. Those same people will see his NFL started in the same city his football career began.

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