Nittany Lions on Alert in the City

Getting used to safely navigating the NYC streets has not been easy for some Penn State players. They are relying on tips from their more savvy teammates to do so.

BRONX, N.Y. -- There is an old saying that suggests football players should always keep their “heads on a swivel.” That is especially important for the Penn State football program as it prepares to face Boston College in the Pinstripe Bowl here Saturday.

And not just because the Eagles are a physical team that likes to hit.

The Nittany Lions -- well, some of them at least -- have been on high alert since stepping off the buses upon arrival at the team hotel in Manhattan Monday. And those who were not paying attention quickly discovered they ought to be.

“One thing that I had to save a couple people from is crossing the street,” said cornerback Jordan Lucas, who grew up in the New York metro area. “You can't cross the street in New York like you can in State College. In State College, you have the right of way to walk, and a car cannot touch you.

“In New York, of course, it's illegal for a car to hit you,” he added. “But people don't care. They will come as close to hitting you to make sure that you're scared the next time you cross the street. … So I had to pull of couple of them back … I had to reel 'em in.”

Offensive lineman Angelo Mangiro is another local (kind of) who has been doling out plenty of advice on getting around.

“I'm from New Jersey, and everybody's looking at me as like the ambassador to try to tell them what's going on,” he said. “People are looking at me, because I'm just crossing streets and whatnot. Guys look at me like, 'I've never seen so many cars and aggressive drivers before.' I'm like, 'That's how you have to drive in the city if you want to get places.'”

Mangiro also noted that many of his teammates tend to spend more time looking up at the skyscrapers than keeping their eyes at the all-important street-level.

When it was suggested that looking up and running into people is the sure sign of a tourist, Mangiro responded as any true veteran of the city streets would.

“Absolutely,” he said. “Then you get the New Yorkers who are just looking down and running into people, too.”

See what a variety of Lions had to say about safely navigating the streets of New York, and learn who some of the less city-savvy players are, in the fun video above.

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