Penn State puts No. 42 on helmet to honor Mauti

Penn State Helmet


There’s no doubt who Penn State’s leader is. And we’ll see proof of it in Saturday afternoon’s season finale against Wisconsin at Beaver Stadium. The Nittany Lions are wearing No. 42 on the left side of their helmets in honor of injured senior Michael Mauti.

Mauti hurt his left knee in last week’s win over Indiana. The senior overcame two season-ending knee injuries earlier in his career and turned himself into one of the Big Ten’s top defensive player of the year candidates this year.

The linebacker, who helped keep Penn State together following the offseason child sex scandal, will miss Saturday’s game, which happens to be Senior Day.

Penn State found another way to honor Mauti, too:

Here’s the play where Mauti got hurt:

And being the leader he is, he received quite the ovation as he was carted off the field:

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sbuel2 on 11/24/2012 @ 3:09pm EDT Said:

Nice way to honor one of the seniors who kept the team together and is a good player. Not a PSU fan but enjoyed the way he plays the game, all out. so speedy recovery and may you remember that you did so much more this year than just play football.

Stan on 11/24/2012 @ 3:17pm EDT Said:

A Class act, by a Class Team, for a Class Player. Heal well Mike, best of luck in your future endeavors. Best of everything to the school, teams, coaches, players and students. WE ARE……………!!!!

Frank V. Mariani on 11/24/2012 @ 8:58pm EDT Said:

From an old West Virginia Mountaineer who experienced much humility during the late sixties and early seventies watching JoePa et al beat our tails, I couldn’t be happier or prouder of a team that after a shaky start this season pulled off one of my most memorable seasons possible. Are they bowl bound, no! Are they big ten champs, no!
Who they are is PENN STATE and that is much more important!! Congrats to their fans, coaches,alum and the town of State College.