Bears defensive tackle Anthony Adams played his first two seasons at Penn State for defensive coordinator Jerry Sandusky. So he is even more conflicted than most proud Penn State alums over the charges against Sandusky of 40 counts of sexual assault on young boys.
”I put a lot of pride in my school and the coaching staff that was there. For this to go on, it’s heartbreaking,” said Adams, who played at Penn State from 1998-2001. ”The man I knew was very respectful. He did everything the Penn State way.
”So I don’t know what’s going on now, but when he was coaching there at Penn State, when he was coaching us, he was always very respectful, very professional, and just somebody that’s a role model. I don’t know what’s going on now. I keep saying it’s heartbreaking.”
Adams said he never saw Sandusky bring any young boys on campus.
”No, no,” he said. ”It was just always him coaching. I was there, my freshman year ’98, ’99, and he retired. So all I saw was just him being a defensive coordinator. I didn’t see anything like that at all.”
Just seeing the affable Adams answer questions about the Penn State sex scandal, you could see how difficult the situation was for him to handle.
”It’s extremely difficult,” he said. ”Just for it to be allegations is difficult. You know what I mean? For Penn State and the coaches to even be in the same [sentence] … If you see the Penn State logo and you see “sex scandal” under that, it’s just like, ‘Wow.’ As a parent, as a player, as just a regular person, it’s just like, Penn State shouldn’t be involved in any of that.”