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The rally was evidence of the Penn State community’s resolve to stand behind the Nittany Lions that remain. With the pep band playing, at least 2,500 blue-and-white backers, alumni and local business owners cheered outside the football building Tuesday in support of the players caught in the middle of one of the worst episodes ever in college athletics.

Fans lined the sidewalks to slap high-fives and shake hands with the Nittany Lions as they snaked their way to the workout. The scene resembled the team entrance to home games at Beaver Stadium on fall Saturdays.

Inspirational quotes from Winston Churchill, Thomas Paine and Vince Lombardi were posted in the windows of the building. “It isn’t whether you get knocked down. It’s whether you get back up,” read one quote attributed to Lombardi, the Hall of Fame NFL coach.

“It was so cool. I couldn’t believe how loud it was,” fullback Michael Zordich said. “This just goes to show why we’re still here and why we’re going to fight this thing through.”

Former player Keith Conlin, a local businessman and online radio show host who helped organize the event said he wanted current team members “to know that we have their backs.”

“These kids, they’ve been fighting an uphill battle for eight months, and it’s nothing that they did,” he said. “We’re not going to leave them and run away.”

Most downtown businesses are displaying “Proud to Support Penn State Football” signs on windows. Some stores have started selling shirts with the slogan “Billieve,” playing off of O'Brien’s first name.

After much deliberation, Redd will not be a part of this revival.

Instead, he’s going to chase a title with the Trojans.

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