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Penn State's Gritty Gunslinger Bids Farewell

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Penn State's Gritty Gunslinger Bids FarewellThe guy has been winning since he was in diapers." -James Franklin

Trace McSorley, Penn State's fifth year quarterback out of Ashburn, VA. and the rest of the Nittany Lions put together arguably their most complete performance of the season with a 38-3 victory on Senior Day over the Maryland Terrapins. The Penn State quarterback went out with a bang, scoring two touchdowns with his legs. McSorley leaves behind a legacy of being Penn State's all-time winningest quarterback. But the Senior Field General hasn't forgotten all that Penn State has given to him. Click read more for the quarterback's reflections.

"When I was 12 years old, I came to Penn State for a football camp and I remember looking at Beaver Stadium and being in awe of the size of it. I remember thinking to myself how cool it would be to play in a stadium like that. Little did I know one day I would actually be running out of the tunnel of that big stadium that I was once in awe of. I will never forget the feeling of running out of the tunnel for the first time my freshman year. Running onto the field, and not just hearing the roar of the crowd, but feeling the ground shake because of the energy in Beaver Stadium is something that still gives me chills to this day. I am incredibly blessed that Coach Franklin and his staff gave me an opportunity to attend and play for Penn State University. It has been an honor to put on the Blue and White over these past five seasons. 

Over my time here, I have had so many incredible experiences in Beaver Stadium. Moments like singing the alma mater amid a sea of white on the field after the Ohio State victory in 2016, winning the Big Ten Championship and looking up and seeing all our fans who traveled to Indianapolis celebrating with us, and even the Appalachian State game this year are all memories I'll be able to cherish for the rest of my life. Moments like that make waking up at 4 a.m. to dig my car out of the snow and drive to Lasch for winter conditioning completely worth it. I have met guys who came from different backgrounds from across the country and developed a lasting brotherhood at Penn State is special and I can't wait for that to continue for the rest of our lives.

As my time in the Blue and White comes to a close I want to say thank you to the most amazing fans in the world. The support you all have given to this program over the past five years is literally second to none. You guys are what make this program special and it has been the fans and alumni who have taught me what it truly means to be a Penn Stater. Your commitment to the program through thick and thin is unmatched and what we do as players would not be possible without you guys. Nobody in my family had gone to Penn State before me, and now my sister is a Penn Stater too. My entire family now bleeds Blue and White, and always will, because of how special Happy Valley is. These five years have gone by in the blink of an eye and if I could do it all over again in a heartbeat, I would. Thank you for being the best fans in the world and for making my time here unforgettable."

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