Lydell Mitchell, who as a Nittany Lion running back earned first-team All-America honors and finished fifth in the Heisman Trophy race in 1971, is this year's honoree. His 29 touchdowns in '71 were an NCAA record at the time and are still the most by a Penn State player in a single season.
Drafted by the Baltimore Colts, he went on to play 10 NFL season with three different teams. Mitchell is currently the president of Parks Sausage Company in Baltimore.
This year's Second Mile Classic will be held June 23-25 at the Penn State Golf Courses. As usual, proceeds will go to The Second Mile, the charitable organization founded by former Nittany Lion defensive coordinator Jerry Sandusky that helps children throughout Pennsylvania.
The Classic was first staged in 1980 and raised $5,000 that year. Since then, it has generated more than $2.5 million.
As usual, a host of former Penn State football players will participate in the tournament, including Chris Bahr, Greg Buttle, D.J. Dozier, Matt Kranchick, Darren Perry, Dave Robinson, Mickey Shuler and Matt Suhey. Lenny Moore, an NFL Hall of Famer and PSU product, is also scheduled to play.
Former major league baseball players Kent Tekulve and Jim Rooker will be on hand, too.