Penn State football players showed up for their first morning workout of the preseason at 6:00 am Tuesday morning and they were not alone. An estimated 3,000 Penn State fans gathered outside the Lasch Building and cheered as player after player filed into the building for their workout.
In an event dubbed “Rise and Rally”, fans with signs lined the walkway from the Lasch Building to Holuba Hall and cheered as each player was greeted at the door by the wife of Joe Paterno, Sue.
“After all the things that have happened, it’s good to see the community coming together,” State College resident Gene Tyworth said amid cheers and band fight songs.
The university closed McKean Road to accommodate the event.
Police Chief Tyrone Parham said, “We expected a couple thousand people.”
State College resident Cindy Bittner said despite the early hour, “I wouldn’t miss it.”
She added: “I’m excited for the team.”
Bob Nicely, of Boalsburg, a retired Penn State professor and associate dean with the College of Education, attended the rally with his wife, Donna, and several friends.
“When we saw the crowds of people flowing in from multiple directions simultaneously, it was surreal,” Bob Nicely said. “I was choked up.”
“This is Penn State,” said Lisa Benson of Boalsburg. “People don’t get that.”
Good to see that Penn State is attempting to move forward.