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200 former Penn State players file petition to return Paterno statue

Jerry Sandusky speaks out entering the Centre County Courthouse

Jerry Sandusky enters the Centre County Courthouse in Bellefonte, Pa. for a hearing May 2, 2016. Sandusky has filed a petition under Pennsylvania’s Post Conviction Relief Act, seeking a new trial.
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Jerry Sandusky enters the Centre County Courthouse in Bellefonte, Pa. for a hearing May 2, 2016. Sandusky has filed a petition under Pennsylvania’s Post Conviction Relief Act, seeking a new trial.

More than 200 former Penn State football players have sent a petition to the university asking it to return the statue of Joe Paterno and the player wall that stood behind it to the premises.

The players also requested that the university give a formal apology to Sue Paterno and the Paterno family.

Brian Masella, former tight end and punter, and 1975 alumnus spoke on behalf of the 200 lettermen who signed the statement. Masella confirmed with the Centre Daily Times on Tuesday that he has sent the petition and statement to university president Eric Barron, as well as every Penn State Trustee.

“We have been told during the last four-plus years that the board and administration are waiting for the appropriate time to repair the damage they created,” he said via a release. “Now is the appropriate time. Enough is enough!”

The statement, in part, says that players “remain saddened that the Penn State administration and the Board of Trustees thrust our program and coach into an undeserved negative media frenzy in 2011. Nearly five years after the firestorm, they still have not defended us or corrected the false narrative. Our legacy and our university deserve better. Penn State’s leaders should take two steps toward repairing the damage that they created.”

Paterno’s statue was removed in 2012 after the longtime head coach was fired in the wake of the Jerry Sandusky sex abuse scandal in 2011. Paterno died after battling lung cancer in 2012.

“We appreciate the passion of our former Penn State lettermen for Coach Joe Paterno and the football program, and thank them for their input and many contributions/achievements,” said a university spokesperson. “We recognize that this is emotional for many in the Penn State community, many of whom differ, yet feel strongly about this issue. The University’s leadership has clearly indicated that there will be a time and place to acknowledge Coach Joe Paterno’s many contributions.”

The spokesperson added that any plans by Barron to reach out to the Paterno family would be done privately.

Penn State lettermen and former coaches who signed the petition span five decades.

They are as follows:

1950s

▪ Robert Belus

▪ Frank Della Penna

▪ Charles Koval

▪ Daniel Maddigan

▪ Fran Bucky Paolone

▪ James Scott

▪ John Storer

1960s

▪ Ronald Adams

▪ Alex Chiara

▪ Peter Cimino

▪ Jack Curry

▪ Alan Delmonaco

▪ Gary Eberle

▪ John Eppensteiner

▪ Gerry Farkas

▪ Ed Gabriel

▪ Chuck Gambone

▪ Warren Hartenstine

▪ Robert Kline

▪ George Kulka

▪ Jon Lang

▪ Linc Lincoln Lippincott

▪ Thomas McGrath

▪ Dave McNaughton

▪ Pete Ochsner

▪ Bill Rettig

▪ Jack Sain

▪ Ted Sebastianelli

▪ Gary Shaffer

▪ Thomas Stuart

▪ Jack White

▪ Gary H. Wydman

▪ Joe Zelinsky

1970s

▪ Frank Ahrenhold

▪ Russell Albert

▪ Kurt Allerman

▪ Ferris Atty

▪ John Balena

▪ Bruce Bannon

▪ Dave Brockway

▪ Richard M. Brown

▪ Chuck Burkhart

▪ John W. Bush

▪ Bobby Campbell

▪ John Cappelletti

▪ Michael Cappelletti

▪ Joseph V. Carlozo

▪ Thomas Greg Christian

▪ Craig Coder

▪ Ron Coder

▪ F. Len Consalvo

▪ Bill Crummy

▪ Steven A. Davis

▪ Gary W. Debes

▪ Thomas F. Donchez

▪ William Ericsson

▪ Morris Fansler

▪ Chuck Fusina

▪ Michael Gilsenan

▪ Bill Glennon

▪ Tony Gordon

▪ David F. Graf

▪ Gary Gray

▪ Mike Guman

▪ Brian Hand

▪ Jim Heller

▪ Scott Hettinger

▪ Ron Hostetler

▪ Thomas M. Hull

▪ John Huttenberger *

▪ Gary Klossner

▪ Bob Knechtel

▪ Richard A. Knechtel

▪ Joe Lally

▪ Ron LaPointe

▪ Philip F. LaPorta

▪ John R. Lewchenko

▪ Kevin Lyden

▪ Brian Masella

▪ Peter Michaelson

▪ Robert Nagle

▪ Joe Navin

▪ John Nessel

▪ Richard N. Nichols

▪ Ed O’Neil

▪ Michael A. Orsini M.D.

▪ Ron Pavlechko

▪ Woody Petchel, Jr.

▪ Gary Petercuskie

▪ Charles Pittman

▪ Carlos Quirch

▪ Tom Rafferty

▪ Joel Ramich

▪ George Reihner

▪ John M. Reihner

▪ James E. Rosecrans

▪ C. Douglas Rothgaber

▪ George SanFilippo

▪ Bernard Shalvey

▪ Tom L. Shoemaker

▪ Tom Shuman

▪ Derek Smith

▪ John P. Susko

▪ Gary R. Tyler

▪ Michael Urquhart

▪ Kip Vernaglia

▪ Marshall Wagner

1980s

▪ Roger Alexander

▪ Mark Battaglia

▪ Jeff Bergstrom

▪ Kirk Bowman

▪ Tim Bronish

▪ Jeff Brunie

▪ Bruce Clark

▪ Bill Contz

▪ Tom Couch

▪ Peter Curkendall

▪ Rick D’Amico

▪ John DePasqua

▪ Dean DiMidio

▪ Michael Dunlay

▪ Eric Etze

▪ Craig Fiedler

▪ Tim Freeman

▪ Brennan Gaertner

▪ Gene Gladys

▪ John W. Greene

▪ Nick Haden

▪ Greg Hay

▪ Stu Helgeson

▪ Joseph Hines

▪ John Hornyak

▪ Robert Jagers

▪ Joe Johns

▪ Ken Kelley

▪ Massimo Manca

▪ Carmen Masciantonio

▪ Jay McCormick

▪ Mike Meade

▪ Rob Mikulski

▪ Robert Mrosko

▪ Aoatoa Polamalu

▪ Kevin Romango

▪ Michael Russo

▪ Rich Schonewolf

▪ Brian Siverling

▪ Patrick Slater

▪ Rob Smith

▪ Pete Speros

▪ Tim Sweeney

▪ Blair Thomas

▪ Darryl Washington

▪ Jeff Woofter

1990s

▪ John Andress

▪ Michael Barninger

▪ Dave Brzenchek

▪ Robert Ceh

▪ Keith Conlin

▪ Brett Conway

▪ Daniel Drogan

▪ Adam Fahrer

▪ Chafi Fields

▪ Derek Fox

▪ Rudolph Glocker

▪ Ryan Grube

▪ Mike Heller

▪ Leonard Humphries

▪ Greg Huntington

▪ Corey Jones

▪ Scott Kaufmann

▪ Jeffrey Koontz

▪ Chad Linnon

▪ Mike Malinoski

▪ Christian Marrone

▪ David Miller

▪ Bradley Pantall

▪ James Scourtis

▪ Dave Smith

▪ William Spoor

▪ Brian Stairs

▪ Justin Williams

2000s

▪ Tyler Ahrenhold

▪ Drew Astorino

▪ Jason Bisson

▪ Nick Daise

▪ Steven Delich

▪ Tom Humphrey

▪ Justin Ingram

▪ Cedric Jeffries

▪ Andrew Kubic

▪ John Kuceyeski

▪ Justin Kurpeikis

▪ Ben Lago

▪ Nick Marmo

▪ Shawn Mayer

▪ James Mitchell

▪ Michael Pawlikowski

▪ Andrew Pitz

▪ Paul Posluszny

▪ Ryan Primanti

▪ Curt Reese

▪ Matt Schmitt

▪ Bryan Scott

▪ Ryan Scott

▪ Mickey Shuler

▪ Alan Zemaitis

2010s

▪ Jesse Alfreno

▪ Larry Federoff

▪ Patrick Flanagan

▪ Eric Flohr

▪ Stephen Obeng-Agyapong

Coaches and Staff

▪ John Bove

▪ Booker Brooks

▪ Don Carlino

▪ Craig Cirbus

▪ Raymond J. Horan

▪ Allen Meyer

▪ George Salvaterra

▪ Keith Richeal

* requested by John’s family

Jourdan Rodrigue: 814-231-4629, @JourdanRodrigue

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