Penn State S Malik Golden tweeted an emotional farewell to the school Thursday, thanking his teammates and coaches and saying that “being able to commit to Joe Paterno is something I will remember forever.”
“Despite numerous opportunities to leave Penn State, I decided to stay regardless of all the adversity ahead of us,” Golden wrote. “Five years later, I can truly say it has been the best decision of my life.”
— Malik Golden (@MGjuice6) January 5, 2017
Golden committed to Penn State in August 2011, just months before the Jerry Sandusky sexual-assault scandal first broke. He remained committed throughout the revelations about Paterno’s role in the ordeal and enrolled the following summer.
After two seasons as a reserve and one as a part-time player, Golden emerged as a key contributor to the Penn State defense in 2016 as a fifth-year senior, recording 75 tackles and his second career interception.
Golden was noticeably emotional following the Nittany Lions’ heartbreaking loss in the Rose Bowl on Monday, saying after the game, admitting it was the first time he ever cried following a loss in college.