James Franklin became the head coach of the Penn State Nittany Lions just a few weeks ago, but he is already receiving some great benefits. After becoming the 16th head coach in the school’s history, U.S. Representative Glenn “GT” Thompson reached out to Franklin to have him be his guest for tonight’s State of the Union address from President Barack Obama.
Thomas is a Penn State graduate and he is happy to bring a fellow Nittany Lion along.
“With the beginning of a new year, we are filled with a sense of optimism and possibility. The State of the Union offers us the chance to reflect upon the previous year and provides us with a preview of the challenges and opportunities that we face together,” Rep. Thompson said in a statement. “Given these sentiments, it’s an honor to have Coach Franklin as my guest for this occasion.
“As a proud Penn State alumnus and a life-long Centre County resident, I would like to take this opportunity to offer my congratulations to Coach Franklin on being named as head coach of the Nittany Lions and to welcome him and his family to Happy Valley.”
For Franklin, he is looking forward to this unique opportunity to hear the president’s vision for our country in person.
“I am grateful and very appreciative of Rep. Glenn Thompson’s invitation to attend the President’s State of the Union Address,” said Franklin. “I look forward to hearing the President’s vision for 2014 and beyond and what we, as citizens of the greatest union in the world, can do to help move our nation forward.”