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Former Penn State Captain Signs With Eagles

Penn State DT PJ Mustipher
Penn State Nittany Lions defensive tackle PJ Mustipher (97) November 12, 2022 David Hague/NSN

A little more than a week after the Philadelphia Eagles signed Penn State legend Saquon Barkley, the team has signed another Penn Stater.

PJ Mustipher, who was with Penn State from 2018-22 and was an All-Big Ten performer in his last season, is returning to PA, signing a one-year contract with the Eagles.

After college, Mustipher started his pro football journey with the Broncos, signing as an un-drafted free agent. Late in the season, he signed with the Saints, and now is coming back to Pennsylvania where he’ll be teammates with Barkley. Mustipher and Barkley were never teammates, with Mustipher coming a year later.

Mustipher had a difficult but, ultimately rewarding, career at Penn State. The low-point of it was probably in October 2021 when he suffered a season-ending injury on the turf of Iowa’s Kinnick Stadium. The high-point was perhaps his last college game, when Penn State beat Utah to win the Rose Bowl and finish in the top ten.

At Penn State, Mustipher developed into one of the team’s emotional leaders. Another thing he was really good at was soaking up hasn’t quite shown up in the box score. In fact, it goes largely unnoticed unless you watch the film.

“He may not show up dramatically on the stat sheet,” coach James Franklin told reporters after a Wednesday practice,  “but as a football program, as coaches and players, and I think when you talk to NFL people and truly study the game and understand how highly he’s playing and doing his job, there’s a ton of value in it.”

“Guys like PJ that as coaches, as players … you have a ton of confidence in this guy’s’ going to do his job day in and day out,” Franklin said.


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