Like many other Pennsylvania-born football players, P.J. Byers grew up dreaming of playing for Joe Paterno at Penn State. But his path to Happy Valley has been anything but normal.
From deep sea diving off the shores of Hawaii to training dolphins in San Diego, Byers has already seen more than most college students will encounter in a lifetime.
Byers is a 26-year-old sophomore who is attending Penn State while on active duty with the Navy. As a Navy diver, Byers has done demolition work with explosives, underwater repair work on submarines, conducted hyperbaric chamber training and searched for underwater mines, according to a university release. He has aspirations of becoming a naval officer but must first get his degree. That’s what led him to Penn State.
Byers, originally from Harrison City, Pa., will be a walk-on fullback for the Nittany Lions this fall.
Read more about Byers’ experiences in the Navy and his longtime dream of playing for the Nittany Lions at GoPSUsports.com.