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Statement issued today from Coach Tom Bradley:
"Penn State has been my life. In my nearly four decades in Happy Valley, I went from a kid who loved football to a man who cherished and respected the game for the life lessons it taught. I learned many of those lessons under a great mentor and coach in Joe Paterno and I have dedicated my life to trying to help other young men, like myself, realize their potential both on and off the football field.
As a former player, I want to acknowledge and thank my teammates who have remained lifelong friends and confidants. Our friendship didn't end when we hung up our blue and white jerseys – it only became stronger. As for my fellow coaches, the bond we share is irreplaceable in my life. And for that, I am incredibly grateful.
As a coach, I am most proud of how many of our players have gone onto lead lives dedicated to making this world a better place. I have always believed that football was just one part of preparing student athletes for the next chapter in their lives. Those chapters – lived by our players after the games ended – define the Penn State football tradition. I want to thank every one of our players who gave their talent, effort and most importantly, heart to Penn State. It has been my life's privilege to coach you.
I also want to thank President Erickson, the Board of Trustees, Administrators and Faculty for the chance to be a part of Penn State University. This is a world class academic institution and I am proud to not only work here but to be an alumnus.
Finally, to our fans and alumni, your support has been incredible, not just this year but for the 37 years I have been here as a player and a coach. You make Beaver Stadium come alive. You are our heart. Make sure that our team – and our opponents – never forget it.
I wish Coach O'Brien all the best. No matter the challenges that the university may face, Penn State will always have my support. This is forever my home and forever my family. It is important that we come together to support our players and our university. Now is the time to demonstrate that we are – and always will be – Penn State. "
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So much class, I feel so bad for him.
NOW ..., I'm crying .....
Thank you, Tom Bradley.
That brought a tear to my eye. You can really read the emotion in that statement. Well written and nothing but class.
That was awesome. Thank you Tom Bradley.
Definitely a tear in the eye read for me too.
Thank you Tom! Regardless of what is to come, will always fondly remember, and be appreciative, of all you did for our beloved Penn State University.
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A good football coach and a great man. Would love Coach Bradley to stay here, but if not, I have a new 2nd favorite team to root for. Good Luck, Scrap. You'll be missed.
We Are...Penn State!
Thanks Tom. You will be missed. Thanks for your many decades of service to help make PSU what it is!
He better be taken care of
Now that is Penn State!!
...and if you're not down with that, then I got 2 words for ya.."suck it!!"
Well done Scrap! We Are....
I am choked up. I love that fact that Penn State is my school and team. This is what separates us from the others.
Is he definitely out?
he deserves so much better.
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Whether you go or stay I am forever a Bradley fan. Thanks Tom.
Tom is a class act. Great Statement. I will always hold scrap close in my heart. We are..... Penn State.
Tremendous man. We all are appreciative of his service.
Man it sucks that it couldn't be a fairy tale ending for Bradley. Someone brought up the idea of him becoming AD. The more I think about that, the more I like it.
Thank you for everything, Mr. Bradley. We're more than happy for everything you did for Penn State. We wish you absolutely the best. God bless, sir.
Hell of a guy. He represents us so well in every way.
Sadly though, the tone of that statement makes me think he will be moving on somewhere. I hope that that isn't the case but it wouldn't be unexpected.
I know I'll root for him wherever he goes, I just hope we don't have to play against him!
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