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Penn State Football: Rise and Rally Bowl to be Held Jan. 5-8 in Atlantic City

by on December 02, 2012 11:18 PM

The former Penn State football players and fans who organized 5,000 people to greet the team at a 6 a.m. practice earlier this summer are planning a bowl-replacement trip to Atlantic City in early January.

Nittany Lion fans, former players and members of this year’s senior class will gather at the Trump Taj Mahal Hotel Casino and the Showboat Casino in Atlantic City for the first-ever Rise and Rally Bowl on Jan. 5-8. Event organizers said travel packages and event tickets have gone on sale Sunday through the group’s website, A limited number of packages are available and will be sold on a first-come, first served basis.

Package prices range from $549 to $5,999. A portion of each package sold will help defray the cost for the senior football players to appear.

“The senior class, we’re all very excited about it,” 2012 Penn State captain Michael Zordich said in a press release. “… This is going to be a great opportunity for us to get out there and see all the fans … (and to) have a good time — just kind of mix and mingle and be ourselves.”

“The 2012 PSU football team is the most special group I’ve covered in more than two decades on the beat,” said Mark Brennan, editor of, which is partnering with the Rise and Rally team for the event.

“We’re happy to be a part of The Rise and Rally Bowl, where players and fans have a chance to celebrate and say thanks to a group that accomplished so much in the face of so many obstacles.”

Added former Penn State linebacker and Letterman Club President Tim Sweeney: “The organizers have agreed to front the costs for rooms and meals for all seniors attending. Our hope is that supporters of the 2012 class will want to help this group enjoy a bowl-like atmosphere.” Sweeney and former All-Big Ten offensive lineman Keith Conlin are part of the organizing group.

Other former players scheduled to attend include, Daryll Clark, Derrick Williams, Trey Bauer, Aaron Maybin and many others.

While the schedule is still being finalized, plans are for the Rise and Rally Bowl to include:

  • A Saturday night VIP cocktail reception with former players, featuring a performance by the Almost Angels.

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  • A giant tailgate party on Monday night, celebrating the season. In addition the NCAA Championship Game and the Penn State vs. Indiana men’s basketball game will be shown on big screens at the event.
  • Sports memorabilia and autograph sessions.
  • Fans will get a chance to study game tapes in film sessions with former players, examining great plays with the actual team members.
  • An NFL Wild Card Playoff game viewing party.
  • A Penn State trivia breakfast, hosted by
  • Live podcast of The Goon Show during Monday’s player panel luncheon.
  • Food and drinks at the various parties.

For further information, contact [email protected] or visit their website at

Nate Mink covers Penn State football and news for He's on Twitter as @MinkNate.
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