It was quite saddening the day I read about the demolition of "Phi Delt" fraternity, a century-old campus landmark that was catty-corner of my own, rival "jock house" - FIJI. How cruel and forgetful life can be???
Doesn't history give credit to the building for housing the football team in the 1950's during Summer practice? If not George Washington, Joe Paterno slept there! And what of the many fine football players that were brothers there, surely it should have been worthy saving the structure as an historic monument to Penn State Football? It was there where I came to appreciate the wide diversity of characters that make-up a Penn State Football team, and wonderment at the talent it must take as a coach to get this assortment of testosterone-laden egos, to perform in harmony together on the football field. I know I must have failed my only modest test, when asked by a Phi Delt brother to help entertain Dan Marino during his recruitment visit. I thought it would take the cerebral-type like Jim Bradley to mold a competitive team out of the talented young men that choose to play football at Penn State, after all - most attend PSU for the education. However it was with somewhat of an initial surprise that I learned through Jim's younger brother - Tom, what it took to make a great college coach... qualities that "Scrap" devoted to Penn State football for 30+ years: Integrity; Intensity; Honesty; Youthful Playfulness, and "Scrappiness."
Even more saddening, how could I have ever envisioned the demolition of "Phi Delt," foreshadowing the destruction of the greatest Penn State Football legend only a year later... How cruel and forgetful life can be??? Let's strive to remember the goodness that once filled these places made void by the "wrecking ball." We all can help to carry forth this PSU spirit and display it with humble pride, as we were shown how by the likes of Coach Bradley and the many fine men he has mentored. "Fight-on" Tom!