B-W Breakfast a Classic Event

Last weekend featured several Penn State firsts: Not only was it the debut of Anthony Morelli as the starting quarterback for the Nittany Lions, but the weekend also saw the premiere of the first annual Blue-White Scholarship Breakfast, featuring a who's who of Penn State legends and personalities.

Fans who attended Saturday's Blue-White Breakfast were not only treated to a fantastic meal at the Nittany Lion Inn, but they also were able to get up close and personal with several Penn State personalities and hear from a few Lion legends. Among the legandary Lions who took in breakfast with fans were Charlie Pittman, Bobby Engram, Wally Richardson, Andre Collins, Phil Collins, Troy Drayton, Eddie Johnson and the event's founder, Lee Rubin.

PSU fans had the opportunity to meet and get autographs from the former players and heard from featured speakers Terry Smith, Don Ferrell and Jerry Sandusky.

The breakfast helped raise money for Rubin's program Penn State Pilgrimage, which exposes young men from urban backgrounds to the college atmosphere at Penn State.

Smith, a former Penn State wide receiver and current head coach and athletic director with Gateway High outside of Pittsburgh, discussed his approach in helping teens set and achieve their goals. "Winning a championship is not a goal," Smith said. "I have my players set goals — like playing the perfect game — that will help them achieve that championship."

Smith also discussed how much being a part of the event meant to him, saying, "My life revolves around helping kids, so it is wonderful to be a part of something like this."

He also shared antecdotes from his days at Penn State and particularly his time as a senior playing with Engram, when the current NFL standout was a true freshman. "When Bobby came in he was teaching me things. We could tell right away he was going to be special," Smith explained.

Don Ferrell, credited as the backbone to Penn State football's academic reputation, discussed the essential elements for academic success. He shared stories of his experiences with former players in attendance and discussed many of the secrets behind the success Penn State football has enjoyed on the academic front.

He also focused on the younger fans in attendance, sharing the six things they need to do before graduating from high school to achieve success.

Sandusky, Penn State's former defensive coordinator who now manages the Second Mile charity, also took to the podium, sharing his thoughts on helping children. He also shared stories from his days as a player who "the coaches were not quite ready for," a coach and even how he ended up as Joe Paterno's defensive coordinator.

Sandusky also told tales from the national championship years that elated fans in attendance.

The morning also featured a silent auction with items from players in attendance, as well as several Penn State greats who were not able to come, like Tamba Hali, Kyle Brady, Tyoka Jackson, KiJana Carter, Lenny Moore, D.J. Dozier and Joe Paterno, among others.

Fans from as far as Virginia and even Florida were in attendance. "This is such a classic event," said Shelly Winston, who attended the breakfast from Maryland said. "It is the perfect way to kick off game day. It is going to be tough to get tickets once the word gets out."

Rubin, the former Penn State safety and Blue-White Breakfast founder, talked about the event, saying, "We are so blessed by how this first one turned out. The first time is always the toughest, and this is amazing. I am so excited to see it grow and expand from here."

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