Number 14 is one of the most popular numbers in Penn State’s history, especially for Quarterbacks. Instead of going with just one person, I went with the two I believe to be the most influential, albeit for different reasons.
Todd Blacklege was the starter during the first Nittany Lion national championship. He amassed a 31-5 record as a starter, one of the best in school history. After the 1982 season, Blackledge won the Davey O'Brien Award, which is given to the best Quarterback in the nation. Blackledge went on to spend five seasons in the NFL, being picked ahead of Dan Marino in the 1983 NFL draft.
Christian Hackenberg’s significance to the program may not come in the form of accolades and broken records (although he broke some), but rather, in what it meant for the team to have a guy stick to his commitment not once, but twice. Hackenberg’s early career looked promising under the tutelage of Bill O’Brien, but the change in coaching and the depleted depth torpedoed his progress. Even then, he was still able to carry the team to three consecutive winning seasons as a starter, when everyone expected the bottom to completely fall out.
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