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Penn State Football: Adam Breneman's Career Comes To Close Due To A Chronic Knee Injury

by on January 07, 2016 11:10 AM

Tight end Adam Breneman announced on Thursday that he will conclude his Penn State football career due to a chronic knee injury. Breneman graduated in just three years in December with a degree in business management from Penn State’s Smeal College of Business.

“I want to thank Coach [Bill] O’Brien, Coach [James] Franklin, my teammates and the Penn State fans for the great memories over the last three years,” Breneman said in a statement. “I have truly treasured my time as a Nittany Lion and I am confident that the Penn State experience has prepared me for the next phase of my life.”

“I know that it was a difficult for Adam to step away from the game, but he felt it was the right time,” Head Coach James Franklin said “We are so proud of his work in the classroom, having earned his degree in three years. Adam is a special young man that has left his imprint on not only the Penn State football program, but the Penn State community at large. He has been a difference maker at a very young age and has a bright future ahead of him.”

As a true freshman, Breneman played in 11 games and had 15 catches for 186 yards and three touchdowns. On the game’s first possession at Wisconsin, Breneman caught a 68-yard touchdown pass from Christian Hackenberg to start the Nittany Lions' eventual 31-24 upset win.

Breneman missed all of the 2014 season with a knee injury. He battled through chronic knee issues in 2015, playing in just two games.

Off the field, Breneman has served on the executive board of Uplifting Athletes for the past three years, most recently serving as Vice President. He helped the chapter raise more than $1 million for kidney cancer treatment.

Breneman has been honored for his creation of the “Catch the Cure for A.L.S.” initiative as a high school senior. “Catch the Cure” was inspired by family friend, Tom Kirchhoff, and has raised more than $200,000 to benefit Project A.L.S. Breneman received the 2013 Prudential Spirit of Community Award, as well as the 2013 PA NAIFA Humanitarian Award for his efforts. 

Ben Jones covers Penn State football and basketball for He's on Twitter as @Ben_Jones88.
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