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Only Evan Royster Until Penn State Football

Did you know that Evan Royster played more than one sport in high school?

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Evan Royster came to Penn State known mostly for his prowess on the lacrosse field. He was a three-star recruit as a football player but he was a star lacrosse athlete, scoring 33 goals during his senior season. Royster had offers from Johns Hopkins and Virginia to play on their lacrosse teams.

Thankfully for Penn State, and eventually the Washington Redskins, Royster chose to play football in college. He redshirted during his freshman season and then backed up Rodney Kinlaw the next year. He rushed for over 1000 yards in each of the next three seasons, and also showed an ability to catch the football, grabbing 61 passes for 562 yards and 3 touchdowns to go along with his running ability.

Royster played 32 games over three seasons in the NFL with the Washington Redskins before hanging up his cleats.

In the pre-internet meme era in which Royster played at Penn State, he was one of the first players to have a running joke, which was gained organically by people constantly reminding others that he was also a great lacrosse player. Memes come pretty cheap these days, but more than a decade later, there are still people in the Penn State sphere that feel the need to remind everyone that Royster was a dual-sport athlete.

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