Allen Robinson saw the Penn State program go through its choppy transition in 2011.
The wide receiver committed to play for Joe Paterno, stuck with the Nittany Lion program through a scandal and NCAA sanctions and went on to become one of the Big Ten’s best pass catchers under Bill O’Brien.
Robinson, now with the Jacksonville Jaguars, was asked this week about his alma mater’s plans to commemorate the 50th anniversary of Paterno’s first game on Sept. 17. Robinson said he’s fine with it.
“I think Joe did a lot – Him and his family did a lot for the state of Pennsylvania and also Penn State,” he told Sports Illustrated. “I know there’s a library on campus with his name and things like that. He also very big into having his players graduate so I think he touched a lot of lives in his time at Penn State.”
Robinson left Penn State after three seasons, but is still one of the school’s greatest receivers of all time. He totaled 17 touchdowns and 2,479 yards in his career – including 1,432 during his junior campaign. He had a breakout 2015 season with the Jaguars, catching 80 passes for 1,400 yards and 14 touchdowns.