The Nittany Lions remain one of the top producers of NFL talent with representatives on 21 different teams to open the season. Two of the players, Ross Travis and Chris Hogan, are former PSU athletes that did not play football while at Penn State. Hogan was a member of the lacrosse team, leading the Lions with 29 goals in 2009. Hogan had 12 receptions for 147 yards during the one season that he played college football, in 2010 at Monmouth University.
Ross Travis was a member Pat Chambers’ Penn State basketball team for four years, playing in 133 games while lettering in each of his four seasons. Travis had not played a down of organized football dating back to this freshman season in high school prior to making his attempt to play in the NFL. Two years ago on this day he was signed to the Kansas City Chief’s practice squad for the first time and then released a week later. Perseverance paid off as Travis was resigned by KC a couple of times along the way to making the opening-day roster this season.