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Penn State Football: Paterno, Fusina And Bahr Set To Be Inducted In PA Sports Hall Of Fame

by on June 17, 2015 6:00 AM

Three Penn State legends will see their names and legacies added to the Pennsylvania Sports Hall of Fame as part of the group's 53rd annual induction ceremony.

Joe Paterno, Chuck Fusina and Matt Bahr, will go into the hall on Saturday, October 24 at the Valley Forge Casino Resort in King of Prussia.

Paterno's legacy on and off the field is well known. He guided the Nittany Lions to two national titles and 409 victories over the span of his 45 year career as head coach at Penn State.

He is already a member of the College Football Hall of Fame. Under Paterno, Penn State's football teams finished in the Top Ten of national rankings 23 times. He also won an NCAA-record 24 Bowl games.

Fusina was a quarterback for the Nittany Lions from 1976-78 and was named an All-American as a senior by the Associated Press, Football Writers, Football Coaches, NEA, United Press International and Walter Camp.

While at Penn State, Fusina led the Nittany Lions to an 11-0 regular-season, passing for 1,859 yards and 11 TDs (137-for-242), while winning the Maxwell Award as the Nation's Outstanding Player. Fusina ranks sixth in Penn State history in career passing yards with 5,382 to go along with 37 touchdown passes, which is seventh in program history.

Bahr was a kicker for the Nittany Lions from 1976-78. He was an All-American choice by The Football News, NEA, The Sporting News, United Press International and Walter Camp in 1978. Bahr broke his brother's Chris' NCAA percentage record, hitting 22-of-27 field goals (81.5 percent) to hold the record for several years.

That mark stood as the Penn State record until Sam Ficken (24-29; 82.8) broke the record in 2014. In his final two seasons in the Blue and White, Matt Bahr went 70-for-72 on extra point attempts and 36-for-51 in field goal attempts.

He spent 17 years in the National Football League, which ties for the most years in the NFL by a Penn State player along with Kerry Collins.

In addition to Paterno, Fusina and Bahr, Philadelphia Flyer Bernie Parent, basketball coach PJ Carlesimo, swimmer Kristy Kowal, Super Bowl-winning linebacker Neal Olkewicz, Pitt football coach Foge Fazio, college and NFL football player Bill Koman, college and NFL football player Eric Crabtree, golfer Chip Lutz and wrestler Gray Simons will also be inducted into the Pennsylvania Sports Hall of Fame.

Former Governor Ed Rendell will be the recipient of the first ever Pennsylvania Sports Hall of Fame Award for Pioneering Leadership in Pennsylvania Sports.

Tickets to the Pennsylvania Sports Hall of Fame October 24 awards dinner are available at $75 each ($750 for a 10-person table) online at, or from Chapter president David Ritting at 476 Brookwood Rd., Wayne, PA 19087; phone 610 256-0300. Checks or money orders should be made out to PSHoF, Montco Chapter.


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