The Penn State Nittany Lion finally has its place among the greats. The Nittany Lion was inducted into the Mascot Hall of Fame (which is a real place set to open in Whiting, Ind. in 2018) as part of the 2017 class.
The Nittany Lion — famous for crowd surfing, pumping up the crowd and push-ups — was one of four mascots in the 2017 class. Benny the Bull (Chicago Bulls), Tommy Hawk (Chicago Blackhawks) and Slugerrr (Kansas City Royals) were also part of the class.
— The Nittany Lion (@NittanyLion) November 6, 2017
“A lot of fans look at our lion as a symbol of the University, and they get really excited when they see him,” Curtis White, head coach of the Penn State spirit squads and Nittany Lion coach said in a statement. “He’s our celebrity on campus. And, he does a lot of great things in the community, too. It’s a great honor.”
The Nittany Lion, which was adopted as Penn State’s mascot in 1904, was first nominated for the Mascot Hall of Fame in October 2016. Penn State’s mascot is the eighth college mascot to make the hall and the fourth from the Big Ten. Brutus the Buckeye (Ohio State), Bucky the Badger (Wisconsin) and Lil’ Red (Nebraska) are also in the Mascot Hall of Fame.
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