The Pennsylvania Sports Hall of Fame announced its most recent class today, and it includes a trio of former Nittany Lions. Former coach Joe Paterno and ex-players Chuck Fusina and Matt Bahr will join a bevy of other notable athletes who spent their careers in the Keystone State.
Paterno, of course, led Penn State to 409 wins during his 45-year tenure as the Nittany Lions' head coach, which is a Division-I record. He also won two national titles and was a five-time AFCA Coach of the Year. I won't insult your intelligence by writing more about Paterno's accomplishments, because you know them all, so I'll just say that him getting inducted rules.
Both Fusina and Bahr suited up for the Nittany Lions under Paterno. Fusina was the 1978 Maxwell Award winner and was the runner-up for that year's Heisman Trophy. He accrued a 29-3 record – including an 11-1 mark in '78 – and made a bevy of All-American squads. Bahr was a kicker for the Nittany Lions and suited up for Penn State's soccer team. Like Fusina, he was an All-American in 1978, and he set the NCAA single-season field goal percentage record when he connected on 22-of-27 attempts. This was broken several years later, and it stood as Penn State's record until last year, when it was broken by Sam Ficken.
Other members of the 2015 class include several notable names, like former NBA coach PJ Carlesimo and former Philadelphia Flyers goaltender Bernie Parent. Former Pennsylvania governor Ed Rendell will receive the inaugural Pennsylvania Sports Hall of Fame Award for Pioneering Leadership in Pennsylvania Sports. A list of all of this year's inductees can be found here.
If you'd like to attend the awards dinner, which takes place on Saturday, Oct. 24 (don't worry, that's the weekend of an away game), you can purchase tickets right here.