Ohio native Joe Iorio came to Happy Valley a preferred walk on, and saw action immediately--and at the time of his graduation, he was the only true freshman walk on to have ever seen playing time under Joe Paterno. Ultimately, he started every game at center his last two years at Penn State, and was named a first team Academic All-American after his senior year. In his last year at PSU, he helped anchor the offensive line that allowed Larry Johnson to become the first ever 2,000 yard rusher in Penn State football history.
Despite not being drafted in 2003, Iorio soon signed with the Indianapolis Colts as an undrafted free agent. He spent two seasons in Indiana, and then a season with the Steelers and the Giants before hanging up his NFL career for good.
Iorio grew up an Ohio State fan and was shunned by the Buckeyes; his collegiate career was played as a tribute to his older brother, a Division III football player who passed away before he could see Iorio succeed on the field at Beaver Stadium.