The last time Penn State played Georgia in a bowl game, Scott Radecic was a junior linebacker for the Nittany Lions. He spent the night knocking around Heisman Trophy winner Herschel Walker.
Radecic had 14 tackles and caused a fumble as PSU beat Walker and the Bulldogs 27-23 in the 1983 Sugar Bowl to win the Nittany Lions’ (and Joe Paterno’s) first national championship.
Thirty three years later — as Penn State prepares to face Georgia (in the Jan. 2 TaxSlayer Bowl) for the first time since the national title victory — Radecic is in position to have a much greater impact not only on the Nittany Lion football program, but also the school’s entire athletic department.
The former second-team All-American and 11-year NFL veteran is now a senior principal (aka big shot) with the design firm Populous (formerly HOK). Populous is teaming with Penn State athletics to produce a facilities master plan, and Radecic is the company’s point man on the project.
The master plan was commissioned in October and is due in July.
We caught up with old No. 97 Tuesday to talk about the process. You can see the interview above. We also asked him about the Sugar Bowl way back when.
"It’s great memories,” Radecic said. "Every time you come back and get together with other players around football Saturdays or whatever, you get a chance to remember what it was like to be part of a great team with a lot of great players and give Coach something that we were really proud of being able to do.”