In Motion: Father and son reflect on football and life lessons

November 01, 2007

Tony Pittman could have gone to a variety of Ivy League schools, but Penn State was "in his blood."

Charles Pittman, Tony's dad, was an All American halfback on the 1968 and 1969 teams Nittany Lion teams --squads that some have said put Joe Paterno and Penn State football on the national radar. Tony anchored a cornerback spot on Penn State's first Big Ten Championship team in 1994.

The Pittmans -- two generations, two successful athletes and two successful men -- are a reflection of what Joe Paterno once called his "grand experiment," quality athletes who play a team game to win, and quality people who go on to do great things after graduation.

In the book Playing for Paterno, Charles and Tony reflect upon their time as student-athletes and the role Paterno played in their lives as young men. Today, both men are successful in the great balancing act of family and career. Each has risen to great heights in his profession, and each carries the life lessons learned while playing for Paterno into their daily lives.

"It's not just about winning." Tony states, "It's also about the person you become after your playing days are over. That's what Joe Paterno teaches. "

And that's what two generations of the Pittman family represent. 

To view the In Motion video on the Pittmans, visit online.

  • Tony Pittman's playing card from his days at Penn State. Click on the image above for the In Motion video on the Pittmans.

    IMAGE: Pittman family

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