Originally posted on Nittany Lions Den  |  Last updated 11/5/11
The first word that popped into my head when I considered Penn State for my college education was football, not school (much to my parents dismay).  How could it not have been football? Happy Valley is an epicenter of pigskin tradition with a town that transforms into the third largest city in Pennsylvania every Saturday in the fall. It is a place where 110,000 people throw all of their support behind a team of 11 young men in plain uniforms and their coach who turned a simple football program into an empire. Rich in winning tradition, Penn State University (in my mostly biased opinion) is the college football capitol of the world. I’m just as American as the next guy; I love football. But I am obsessed with track and field. I love it all: the track, the cross country course, and the 26.2 mile road that is the marathon. I understand it is uncharacteristic, and I don’t care. Two years ago, I convinced my dad to take me to New York City for the one intention of watching American Ryan Hall
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