As the NFL celebrated the opening of their 100th season with a game that set back the league to it's origin on Thursday night, there were a few Penn State NFL notes worth mentioning. Two former standouts were named captains of their respective clubs this week. Based on their time at Penn State, it should come as no surprise.
The New York Giants named second year back running back and last year's Rookie of the Year Saquon Barkley a captain. Down in Tampa, the Buccaneers players voted defensive end Carl Nassib a captain.
In just one season, Saquon Barkley has become the face of the Giants, and one of best players in the NFL. Along with offensive teammates Eli Manning and tackle Nate Solder, Barkley is one of seven players given the honor. Ever the consummate team player. Barkley remained humble and when asked about being a captain, said "It means everything".
Nassib, on the other hand, took a road less traveled. After being drafted by the Cleveland Browns in the third round, Nassib was released by the team prior to the start of last season. The Buccaneers claimed the former Nittany Lion on waivers and he went on to set career highs with 6.5 sacks and 12 tackles for loss in 2018. In just his second season with the club, the quirky defensive end has certainly become a key part of the Bucs defense.
Bruce Arians on Carl Nassibs two personalities: I just think hes crazy all the time. I dont know if hes got two of em, but the one I see all the time, its not normal. Jameis Winston: Anytime youre playin on the defensive side of the ball, youve got some screws missing pic.twitter.com/Y9CwKq8S8y— JennaLaineESPN (@JennaLaineESPN) September 4, 2019
Both Barkley and Nassib have a special spot in the hearts of Nittany Lions fans. In a short time, they have also made their teammates take notice as they look forward to another strong season.