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Penn State football sent Jerry Sandusky a season ticket renewal form letter? (photo)


In yet another example of the use of automated technology can have unfortunately unintended consequences, the Penn State Nittany Lions football team actually sent out a season ticket renewal form letter to Jerry Sandusky.

The letter, a copy of which was obtained by, was mailed to Sandusky. It features a duplicated signature of Nittany Lions head football coach James Franklin and asks Sandusky to renew his season tickets for the 2015 college football season.

“Dear Gerald A,” the letter awkwardly reads, per “Congratulations on being identified as one of the elite college football fans in the nation. You have worked diligently to separate yourself by exhibiting unrivaled tenacity, character, and loyalty. Passionate and competitive, you are the leading standard of a first class fan base.”


Onward State adds that the letter also invites Sandusky to schedule a “recruiting” visit at an upcoming basketball game. The address, edited out before publication online, reportedly is the mailing address of Dottie, Sandusky’s wife.

The letter reportedly fell into the hands of documentarian John Zieger, owner of “The Framing of Joe Paterno” website, according to Gamedayr.

Sandusky of course was convicted and serving what amounts to a life sentence related to a child sex abuse scandal that left Penn State reeling, setting into motion a sequence of events that led to the firing of longtime legendary head coach Joe Paterno.

All in all, it’s a rather innocuous story detailing a generally innocent mix-up, but it certainly serves as evidence that as far as Penn State football is concerned, the spectre of Jerry Sandusky still casts an imposing shadow on the football program.

Penn Live says that a call requesting comment from Penn State athletics had not been returned at the time of the report.

(letter images courtesy of Sharla McBride/Twitter)