Bill O'Brien grew up near Boston, roots for the Red Sox and coached for the Patriots.
He's the Penn State coach now, and when you coach the Nittany Lions, you have to embrace New York. The Big Apple's metro area is home to about 28,000 Penn State alumni. Only Philadelphia and Pittsburgh have more.
O'Brien and the Penn State caravan stopped in Manhattan on Wednesday as part of the school's attempt to re-connect an athletic program that was thrown into disarray last year with its supporters.
O'Brien says with so many former Penn State football players and athletes working in the city it ''makes sense to come here and talk to them about our vision for the athletic program and my vision for the football program.''