There is no current #78 on the Nittany Lions roster, so let’s take a look back at a Penn State legend.
Mike Munchak was a star offensive lineman for Penn State from 1978-1981. After missing the 1980 season with an injury, Munchak bounced back to be named a second-team All-American. As a senior, Munchak helped clear the way for Curt Warner’s 1,000 yard season as Penn State went 10-2, finishing the season with a decisive victory against USC in the Fiesta Bowl.
After the season, Munchak was the 8th overall pick in the first round of the NFL Draft by the Houston Oilers. It turned out to be a wise pick, as Munchak would go on to have a Hall of Fame career, earning first or second-team All-Pro honors in 10 of his 12 seasons, and nine Pro Bowl selections. After hanging up his cleats in 1993, Munchak joined the Oilers coaching staff as an offensive assistant. He would work his way up the ranks for the franchise, eventually becoming head coach for the Tennessee Titans in 2011. After leaving the Titans, Munchak spent five years with the Steelers as offensive line coach, and is currently holding the same position with the Broncos.
Only 78 more days until Penn State Football!