Penn State Posts Awesome Video Of Late Football Legend Wally Triplett

first_imgWally Triplett leads players in "We Are Penn State" chant during 2015 visit to Penn State football.Penn StateFootball trail blazer Wally Triplett passed away this morning at the age of 92. Triplett broke down barriers at both Penn State, where he became the school’s first African-American starter and letterwinner, and in the NFL.In 1949, after a storied Nittany Lion career, Triplett was taken in the 19th round of the NFL Draft by the Detroit Lions.During his second year in the league, he set an NFL record for kick return yardage in a game, with 294 during a game against the Los Angeles Rams.This afternoon, after news came out of Wally Triplett’s passing, Penn State posted an awesome tribute to the legendary player.Back in 2015, Triplett visited with Penn State football, during James Franklin’s second year on campus.Triplett is credited with a moment that helped lead to what became the famous “We Are…Penn State” chant. From a Centre Daily Times article on that 2015 visit:“Legend has it that Triplett, alongside teammate Dennie Hoggard, was one of the reasons the “We Are” chant became a part of Penn State’s culture (local lore aside, extensive research by Penn State historian Lou Prato found that Penn State cheerleaders helped develop the phrase in the late 1970s). As one of the few African Americans playing college football at the time, the Nittany Lions voted in 1946 to cancel a regular-season game at the University of Miami when told they could not bring their African American players.It’s said (and confirmed in 2012 by Triplett himself) that then-captain Steve Suhey responded to Southern Methodist University’s similar request by saying, “We are Penn State. There will be no meetings.”During the practice, he led the Nittany Lions in that same chant.The Penn State Football family is extremely saddened to hear about the passing of Nittany Lion great & trailblazer, Wally Triplett. Wally will forever be admired for the history he made at Penn State & beyond.Forevermore, We Are…?:— Penn State Football (@PennStateFball) November 8, 2018PSU cornerbacks coach Terry Smith, a Nittany Lion alumnus, called Triplett’s visit “the greatest day in my PSU life.”Our thoughts go out to the Triplett family, and everyone else affected by the loss today.last_img read more