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Penn State Football: Sickels Set To Make Most Of Combine For Rare Diseases

by on February 23, 2017 2:00 PM

Former Penn State star Garrett Sickels will use the 2017 NFL Combine as an opportunity to raise awareness and funding for the rare disease community.

The defensive end is doing a Reps For Rare Diseases campaign to raise money for life saving rare disease research with Uplifting Athletes. Fans can pledge any amount for every bench press repetition Sickels registers at the 2017 NFL Combine by visiting

An active member of Penn State's chapter for Uplifting Athletes, Sickels has taken part in Penn State's annual Lift For Life event which raises money for the rare disease community. This summer will mark Penn State's 15th Lift for Life event which has taken place since 2003 and recently broke the $1 million mark.

“Lift for Life and Uplifting Athletes was a very important part of my PSU experience,” Sickels said. “I’m proud to now pledge my performance on the bench press at the NFL Combine to support Uplifting Athletes and its mission.”

Sickels is one of two former Nittany Lions at this year's NFL Combine, the defensive end is joined by receiver Chris Godwin.



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