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July 25, 2012Led by Michael Zordich and Michael Mauti, nearly 30 Penn State football student-athletes re-pledged their commitment to the Nittany Lions Wednesday morning. Check out the video below.
Complete transcript of statement below:
Mike Zordich: "What we want to let you know is, we're proud of who we are. We're the true Penn Staters. We're going to stick together through this. We're going to see this thing through and we're going to do everything that we can for the university. We know it's not going to be easy, but we know what we're made of. We know that through this grind, there's going to be tough times ahead, but we know what our coaches are made of, and we know what the university is made of, and we're ready and willing to fight to stick together to get through this thing to the end. As a team, we don't see this as a punishment. This is an opportunity. This is the greatest opportunity a Penn Stater could ever be given. We have an obligation to Penn State, and we have the ability to fight, not just for a team, not just a program, but an entire university and every man that wore the blue and white on that gridiron before us. We are going to embrace this opportunity and we're going to make something very special happen in 2012."
Mike Mauti: "Yeah, that's right. We take this as an opportunity to create our own legacy. This program was not built by one man, and this program is sure as hell not going to get torn down by one man. This program was built on every alumni, every single player that came before us, built on their backs, and we're going to take that right now. This is our opportunity to do that."
Mike Zordich: "When we go out there every Saturday, we suit up for our teammates, first of all, but second of all, it's for the fans, the students, and all the families in Nittany Nation that support us through all of this. We're going to do everything in our power to make them proud, and we're going to do everything in our power to get this place back on track. But, I'm personally calling out every member of Nittany Nation, all the students, faculty, fans and family members, alumni, everybody that there is, please, please come support us through this because we need you just as much as you need us and together, we're going to get through this thing to the end."
Mike Mauti:"Yeah, no sanction, no politician is ever going to take away what we've got here. None of that is ever going to tear us apart. Right now, all we can do is put our heads down, and we're just going to work. That's all we can do. We're going to fight for Penn State, we're going to fight for each other, because this is what Penn State is about. Fighting through adversity. We're going to show up every Saturday and we're going to raise hell."
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