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Paterno, Fusina, Bahr set for induction into PA Sports Hall of Fame

Former Penn State football coach Joe Paterno was elected into the Pennsylvania Sports Hall of Fame, along with former quarterback Chuck Fusina and kicker Matt Bahr.
Former Penn State football coach Joe Paterno was elected into the Pennsylvania Sports Hall of Fame, along with former quarterback Chuck Fusina and kicker Matt Bahr. CDT file photo

A trio of Penn State legends are among the latest to have been selected for induction into the Pennsylvania Sports Hall of Fame.

Longtime football coach Joe Paterno, former quarterback Chuck Fusina and former kicker Matt Bahr are among the 10 chosen for this year’s class.

The induction ceremony will be held Oct. 24 at the Valley Forge Casino Resort in King of Prussia.

Paterno, who passed away in 2012, guided the Nittany Lion program for 45 seasons and amassed 409 career wins, more than any other Division I coach. He led the program to five undefeated, untied seasons and national championships in 1982 and 1986. Already a member of the College Football Hall of Fame, he also holds the record with 24 bowl victories, and has sent more than 350 players to NFL contracts. Paterno was fired by the university in 2011 in the wake of the Jerry Sandusky sexual abuse scandal.

Fusina was under center for the Nittany Lions from 1976-78, earning All-America honors as a senior in 1978 as the team finished 11-1, falling to Alabama in the Sugar Bowl for the national title. Fusina passed for 1,859 yards and 11 touchdowns that season, earning the Maxwell Award as the nation’s outstanding player and finishing as the Heisman Trophy runner-up. His 5,382 career passing yards ranks sixth in school history, and his 37 scoring passes is seventh. He went on to play for Tampa Bay and Green Bay in the NFL.

Bahr was the Nittany Lions’ kicker on those teams from 1976-78, picking up All-America honors by a number of organizations while connecting on 22 of 27 field goals (81.5 percent). The success rate stood as the school record until broken by Sam Ficken (82.8 percent) last fall. He made 70 of 72 extra points and 36 of 51 field goals over his final two seasons, and he went on to spend 17 seasons in the NFL.

Bahr will join his father, Walter, who was inducted into the Hall in 2012. Walter Bahr was a member of the U.S. national soccer team in the 1940s and 50s, including the 1950 World Cup, and coached Penn State from 1974-88.

Also set for induction into the Hall of Fame this fall are Philadelphia Flyer Bernie Parent, basketball coach PJ Carlesimo, swimmer Kristy Kowal, Super Bowl-winning linebacker Neal Olkewicz, Pitt football coach Foge Fazio, college and NFL football player Bill Koman, college and NFL football player Eric Crabtree, golfer Chip Lutz and wrestler Gray Simons. Also to be inducted is former governor Ed Rendell, who will receive the the first Pennsylvania Sports Hall of Fame Award for Pioneering Leadership in Pennsylvania Sports.

Tickets to the ceremonies are $75, or $750 for a table of 10, available at www.MontcoSportsHoF.org.

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