Garrett Sickels and Brendan Mahon showed their true colors following the worst day in Penn State football history.
After being hit with a four-year postseason ban, a $60 million fine and a reduction in scholarships, 4-star commits, defensive end Sickels and offensive tackle Mahon, decided to tough it out and stay with Penn State.
Mahon told Ryan Snyder at Rivals that he planned on sticking to his word before he even talked to head coach Bill O'Brien.
"Coach O'Brien told me that he's here to stay, the whole staff is here to stay," Mahon said. "I made my decision to stay before I spoke with O'Brien actually. He and the school won me over once and I knew I loved it for a reason and that wasn't going to change."
That's exactly the encouragement Penn State enthusiasts need right now. Just when you thought no good could be salvaged from such harsh penalties, Mahon made a courageous decision to stick with the school. He wasn't alone, though.
Despite having offers from Georgia, Florida, Alabama and Miami, Sickels, who Rivals has ranked 60th nationally, said he committed in March for a reason, and he's bought into Penn State's coaching staff.
"Yeah, there's sanctions there, there aren't going to be any bowl games, but the main thing for me is that I want to get a great education and play for a great football staff. I just can't imagine myself at another university," Sickels said.
His future teammate, Mahon took to Twitter Monday to express the backing of his head coach.
O'Brien has my back I have his #PennState2013— Brendan Mahon (@BigBabyMahon) July 23, 2012
Sickels retweeted him. Both Mahon and Sickels should be applauded for sticking it out, knowing the going will get rough.
They showed that there's more to college football than just winning championships, and they could provide a spark that is much needed in a hurting community.
Good for Mahon and good for Sickels.