A reporter for CBS Sports has reported a moving story from Penn State this week.
Coach James Franklin called his team together after a workout on Tuesday, and calmly asked which players worked jobs in addition to their academic and athletic responsibilities. Long-snapper Kyle Vasey was called out specifically and told the group that he worked as a bar back and bouncer at Bar Bleu in State College four or five days a week from 8 p.m. ET to 3 a.m.
Does that sound like a lot for a kid who’s also in school and on the football team? Franklin thought so, and promptly told Vasey to quit the gig as he awarded the senior from Lackawaxen, Pennsylvania, a full ride. Vasey started 13 games for Penn State last season, and was named to the Big Ten All-Academic team.
Three weeks after they traded for him, the Oakland Raiders have waived former Penn State quarterback Christian Hackenberg. The Raiders will now be able to keep the seventh-round pick they sent to the New York Jets for Hackenberg, effectively negating the trade. Hackenberg has now failed to take a snap for two teams after being drafted in the second round of the 2016 NFL Draft.