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Just passing this along, provides some insight on Fera's decision and goes along with what I said last night.
The past few weeks have been extremely difficult as I've wrestled with the decision on my future. It's been tough to endure, not only for me, but for my entire immediate family back in Texas and the Penn State football family that I have grown so fond of over the past three and half years. It has been hard to separate the two as my family and I have been accepted and treated so wonderfully by everyone in the Penn State community. For that, we are all truly grateful.
The decision to remain at Penn State has been complicated due to an illness in my family. Shortly before I arrived on campus, the most important person in my life was diagnosed with MS (multiple sclerosis), making it more and more difficult to travel each weekend from Texas to see me play. The Lord works in mysterious ways and I've been afforded the opportunity to give back to my family and make their lives a little easier by transferring to a university much closer to home, The University of Texas.
I love Penn State University, my teammates, my coaches - both present and past - along with all of the great fans that have supported me and my teammates over the years. I made a promise to Coach Paterno and my family the day I arrived on campus to obtain a degree from Penn State University, which with the cooperation of the folks at Texas, I plan to fulfill over the next year. I will always proudly say that I am a Penn State alum!
A new chapter in my life begins next week and I am very excited to play for such a well respected Coach in Mack Brown and a Longhorn football program that is traditionally one of the finest in the nation. My family and I had a chance to visit Austin and to get to know the coaches and some of the players last weekend. It is a wonderful place and we had a great time. I feel like I can have another extended family in Austin and really looking forward to being a part of the team and campus community.
I cherish my time at Penn State but look forward to challenges ahead and the ability to compete on the playing field and in the classroom at another tremendous institution in The University of Texas. I want to wish Coach O'Brien and his entire staff, my fellow teammates, and all of Nittany Nation the very best this upcoming season. I will be giving my all to the Longhorns but always be pulling for my friends and Nittany Lions family as well.
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No hard feelings about this one given the circumstances. Good luck to Anthony.
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Can't do anything but wish the kid well... very nice statement Anthony.
Best of luck to him. MS sucks.
So he's going to get a degree from PSU - I wonder how that works? He'll be on scholie at UT, but finishing classes at PSU?
Now that's how you issue a statement. I have a newfound respect for this kid.
Classy, honest and understandable. Silas Redd's PR folks should have called Anthony for some help.
Now THAT is a real statement. THAT shows true character. Unlike the previous "statements" we've heard, this one rings true, with meaning, and isn't full of empty, hollow, cliche lip service.
Best of luck in everything you do, young man. You will always be a part of the Penn State family.
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Strength of reasons for transferring: Fera>>>>>Redd,Fort,Brown
Also not scared to say the name Paterno.
Good luck Anthony. Classy statement. Glad you mentioned Patrrno's name and God Bless your family.
This post was edited by pennstpete 20 months ago
My grandma passed of MS....it is terrible.
Good luck Anthony.
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Class act. I wish him the best at Texas, the NFL, or wherever his future leads.
He ain't heavy - He's my brother!
Good luck to him and God bless his family.
Can't fault him. Heard this was possible even before sanctions.
That is the right way to go out.
I wonder if he will be transferring credits from UT into Penn State
More than just football
Interesting how that will work. He could get PSU credits via the world campus but then he would still need UT credits to be academically eligible to play football.
I guess he will transfer his grades at Texas back to Penn State and graduate with a Penn State degree. I was 6 credits shy of graduating after 4 years at Penn State so I took 2 classes closer to home to save money and had the credits transferred to Penn State so I graduated from Penn State. They just need to find classes that are acceptable to his major at Penn State. It sounds strange that the NCAA would allow something like this but they have declared open season on Penn State players.
Best of luck to Fera.
Wow, that is some serious class from a 21 year old. I'll be rooting for him at Texas and hope he makes the NFL. He is a special talent.
Very classy young man.
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I commend his honest and forthright statement and repect his decision 100%.
God bless him and his family through these times.
He is .... We are .... Penn State
This post was edited by Wmpsu 20 months ago
Though my initial response wasn't "terrible", I take back my knee-jerk response. That was a very positive, mature statement he made. Best of luck. Happy to eat crow.
Absolutely wish him the best in his future endeavors. Kid's got a bright future. MS is a horrible thing, and hopefully he can rest a little easier being that much closer.
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