Penn State football: Current, former players take to Twitter with reactions to Bill O’Brien’s departure to NFL’s Texans

From CDT staff reportsJanuary 1, 2014 

Some Twitter reactions from current and former Penn State football players, and others, to reports that Bill O’Brien is leaving the Nittany Lions to become head coach of the NFL’s Houston Texans:

“Coach O’Brien is a great coach and a great person! Proud to have called him my coach. It was his dream to coach in the NFL. Best of luck.” — Mike Hull

“I want to congratulate Coach O’Brien and his family. I couldn’t thank Bill any more for the great two years he gave me. I wish him the best! ... I hope I have another chance to play under Coach (O’Brien). I love the guy. I appreciate everything he’s done for me. I couldn’t be more thankful.” —Jesse James

“One thing (O’Brien) taught me is that this is a business, and (you) should do what’s best for you. Texans are getting a good coach. I wish him well ... It’s crazy that I’ve been (with) PSU for 3 years now and I’m going to have 3 different coaches, We been through it all and we gonna keep it up.” — Deion Barnes

“Good luck to Coach O’Brien and his family. Made a tremendous impact on my life and many others during his time at Penn State.” — Ty Howle

“Best of luck to Coach O’Brien, We will continue to move forward and fight through challenges as we have before.” — Adam Breneman

“Congrats to Coach (O’Brien). My boys are strong. I ain’t worried.” — Stephen Obeng-Agyapong

“Wish the best (of) luck to (O’Brien). Hope he kills it in the league with the Texans.” — Austin Johnson

“It’s weird that I am one of the few Penn State football players that will have four head coaches.” —Matt Zanellato

“Respect Coach O’Brien’s profession. He saved a storied football program. If you do anything other than praise him, you’re out of line.” — Steven Bench

“Penn State will miss you, Coach. You gave us two unbelievable years. Thank you.” — Matt Stankiewitch

“Next chapter of the story?” — Kyle Carter

“There’s no denying Bill O’Brien came to Penn State at a critical time, and has certainly earned his place in Penn State’s history. He gave us two seasons we will never forget, and provided a much-needed beacon during the darkest days we’ve ever known. At the time he was hired, it seemed like the only thing our so-called university leaders did right. But in the end, it seems their dysfunction was more than he could take. It’s high time we resolve the lack of leadership at Penn State, or it will soon cost us more than a football coach.” — Penn Staters For Responsible Stewardship (PS4RS)

“Good Luck Bill O’Brien. Thank you for two good years.” — State Sen. Jake Corman

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