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Denver Bronco DaeSean Hamilton supports Eagles Autism Challenge


Denver Bronco DaeSean Hamilton supports Eagles Autism Challenge

There's typically a pretty sizable overlap between Penn State football and Eagles fans in the Philadelphia area, but just in case some weren't aware of DaeSean Hamilton's story, the Denver Broncos' wide receiver gave us all a reason to take notice this week.

DaeSean's brother Darius has non-verbal Autism and the Penn State product has spent much of his life helping his brother grow up with the various challenges associated with it.

The NFL Network has done great profiles on DaeSean's relationship with Darius in the past. And you can watch a Big Ten Network feature on the brothers from 2016 embedded below.

Despite being a member of the Denver Broncos organization, Hamilton made a nice gesture by teaming up with the Eagles in their annual Autism Challenge. The weekend of May 19 is when their big bike ride event takes place and Hamilton wanted to help raise awareness for it.

"We may all wear different uniforms on Sundays, but the NFL community comes together to support each other for important causes," Hamilton says.

You can learn more about the Eagles Autism Challenge at its website here. And watch DaeSean's message below.

Penn State settles suit over alleged Jerry Sandusky abuse in 2007

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Penn State settles suit over alleged Jerry Sandusky abuse in 2007

HARRISBURG, Pa. -- Penn State has settled a lawsuit by a man who claimed former university assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky molested him in a car in 2007, when the man was about 14 years old.

The settlement notice was posted Monday on the Philadelphia courts website and confirmed by a lawyer for the plaintiff, called John Doe in case documents.

The case had been scheduled for trial in late February, but late last month the parties told the judge they no longer needed Sandusky to be brought to Philadelphia from the state prison where he is serving a lengthy sentence.

Sandusky's wife, Dottie, said Tuesday he denies the man's allegations of wrongdoing, but does remember taking the boy to visit a coach at Bucknell University and then to dinner.

A Penn State spokeswoman said there is only one pending civil case left related to Sandusky abuse allegations, a Philadelphia lawsuit filed under the name Jack Doe. She declined to comment on the John Doe case being settled.

The university has paid more than $109 million to settle Sandusky abuse claims by at least 35 people.

Sandusky, 73, maintains he was wrongly convicted of 45 counts of child sexual abuse in 2012 and is pursuing appeals.

John Doe was granted judgment against Sandusky last summer after Sandusky, a defendant in the case, did not respond. The trial would have determined how much he might owe in the case. Sandusky had refused to leave his prison cell when attorneys arrived to depose him in April.

Court records show John Doe claimed he met Sandusky around the summer of 2005 through The Second Mile, a charity for at-risk youth Sandusky founded in 1977.

The next year, Sandusky gave him free tickets to Penn State football games and visited him at home when he was sick.

In March 2007, John Doe claimed, Sandusky took him to Bucknell in central Pennsylvania.

He alleged Sandusky touched and rubbed his thigh on the way to meet the coach and when they ate pizza together afterward.

He claimed that on the way home, Sandusky "slowly slid his hand up (the boy's) thigh and began grabbing, squeezing, rubbing and fondling" his genitals.

The lawsuit says state prosecutors in 2012 "recognized" John Doe as a victim of sexual abuse by Sandusky and that he testified before a grand jury.

John Doe accused Penn State of negligence and recklessness in its handling of Sandusky complaints.

The university had argued in a court filing that it "owes no legal duty" to a young man it did not know who alleged an activity that happened off-campus by a former employee unrelated to school business.

Saquon Barkley is headed to the NFL

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Saquon Barkley is headed to the NFL

Saquon Barkley has played his final down at Penn State.

Barkley on Sunday night officially declared for the NFL draft, forgoing his senior season.

Farewell Penn State, thank you for everything! #WeAre 🔵⚪️

A post shared by Saquon Barkley (@saquon) on

In the Instagram post, Barkley wrote:

"I would like to start off by saying thank you so much for all of the memories that you have helped create over the last three years, whether it be on the football field, in school or in the community," Barkley said in a statement. "I am forever grateful to you for making my time here so enjoyable. You have been amazing to me through the ups and downs of my career and you will always have a special place in my heard.

“With that being said, God has blessed me with the opportunity to pursue the dream I have had since I was a little kid of playing in the NFL. I would like to thank God, my family, especially my mom, dad, brothers and sisters, my coaches and teammates, the athletic training and performance enhancements staffs at Penn State, my support system from Whitehall and the Penn State fans who have helped me be in position to have a decision like this. After lots of thought, prayer and conversation with those closest to me, I have decided to forgo my senior season and enter the NFL Draft."

The 5-foot-11, 230-pound running back was a Heisman Trophy frontrunner for most of the 2017 season, though he didn't finish as a finalist. Barkley finished with 1,271 rushing yards and 18 rushing touchdowns on 217 carries. He added 632 more yards in the receiving game, along with three TDs, and 426 yards in the return game. Barkley was a threat to score no matter how PSU got him the ball.

In No. 9 Penn State's 35-28 win over No. 11 Washington in the Playstation Fiesta Bowl on Saturday, Barkley ran for 137 yards on 18 carries and caught seven balls for 38 yards.

Barkley became the 14th player ever to be unanimously selected to the NCAA All-American team. He also won the Paul Hornung Award (college football's most versatile player) and took home the Big Ten's offensive player of the year, running back of the year and return specialist of the year.

"Saquon Barkley is a once in a lifetime type of player and it has been an honor to coach him and watch him grow into a fantastic young man," Penn State head coach James Franklin said in a statement.

“Saquon has left a legacy both on and off the field that will long be remembered by the Penn State community. Saquon knows he has some unfinished business in the classroom. Knowing how much it means to him, I have the utmost confidence that he will follow through on his promise and the plan that we have discussed to earn his Penn State degree. As good of a player as he is, he is an even better person and I look forward to watching him achieve his dream of playing in the NFL."

Barkley is projected to be a first-round pick — a potential top-10 pick too — in April's NFL draft and most likely the first running back drafted.