Amos Talks Packers D and Penn State Adversity

Packers Safety Amos' Hard Work Has Paid Off

Bill Michaels
September 15, 2019 - 11:36 am
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To the Packers safety, Adrian Amos, adapting to a new system seems to be old hat. When I asked him if he likes to be used everywhere, he reminded me, “I like being used in multiple roles.  That’s what I was used to in college (Penn State). I played nickel, dime, safety, corner.”  Amos went on to say, “I like that.  It keeps me on my toes, it keeps me in my play book."

After we discussed the absorption of Packers D Coordinator Mike Pettine’s playbook we then stepped back to a time when heavier decisions had to be made in Amos’ life.  You see Adrian attended Penn State when the world descended on Happy Valley during a very dark time.  The mere mention of the word “Sandusky” makes Amos shake his head, “That was a crazy time.  First when it hit us, we (the players on the team) were finding stuff out just like everybody else was, on TV.”

When the Pandora’s Box was opened and the ugliness fell out for the world to see, Amos had to ask his teammates, “Who is this guy, I’ve never seen him.”  As the world watched and listened and read the reports, that is the same way many of those who then played for Joe Paterno found out about the dark side of an ugly and enabling friendship between a beloved head coach and a predator.

I asked Amos if he had ever watched the movie Paterno.  “Oh yeah”, Amos said, “And 95% of it was dead on.”  “When Jo Pa came in to give us the locker room speech and tell us he was stepping down, that was unreal.  That was dead on in the movie.”

“We felt bad because we were all being lumped in with all that bad Penn State stuff”, Amos remembered, “But this was serious stuff and it just hit you in your gut, ya know.”
After Paterno stepped down, there were rumors of the football program receiving the death penalty by the NCAA.  At the very least, the players aspirations of playing for any type of championship went out of the window.

“The next summer came and we got the sanctions and we had a chance to leave.  Me and some other guys had to look at some other schools ya know. We ended up staying.”

No hope of a championship, your coach steps down, the program is in disarray, the world is now looking down on Penn State University……so what did you take away from that experience?

Amos looked at me for a moment, bit his lip and then let out, “That was my most favorite thing.  We were closer as a team because it felt like us against the world really.  We still finished 8-4 despite 11 starters transferring.”  “It’s a lot of bad memories for me but it’s also a lot of great memories for me because me and some guys just went out and played ball for the love of the game.  We played for pride and we played for the guy next to us.”

Amos said that he felt that he became a better player, but more so, a better person because of the choices he made.
“What it taught me was that I had to make a name for myself despite adversity.  We all had to work harder”, and then Amos paused before saying, “I guess that’s what I learned because I’m lucky enough to sit here today to say that it paid off for me.”

Amos, while he admits that he’s still understanding all of his new Packers teammates around him, he loves it in Green Bay because he feels like they have something special, “The guys, the coaches, the fans…..man I can’t wait to run out of that tunnel as a good guy for once (as opposed to being a visiting Chicago Bear), it’s the dream of a lifetime and I can’t wait."

From the adversity of Jerry Sandusky and the Penn State Football program to the hallowed ground of Lambeau Field, Amos’ character has stood strong.