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Photo of the Month
September 2022
See Previous Photos     Unknown Faces and Places
Penn State University


Gary Wydman was the starting quarterback for the Penn State University Nittany Lions during the 1964 season. Under the tutelage of head coach Rip Engle that year, he  played in 10 games and threw for 832 yards and one touchdown in compiling a 6-win, 4-loss season. Among the teams the Lions beat that fall were Army, West Virginia, Maryland, and Pittsburgh, plus a major upset of Ohio State. But Penn State failed to land a bowl game bid.  

Nonetheless, wearing uniform no. 25, Gary was widely praised for his open-field running as he gained 124 yards that year and rushed for one touchdown. Although Gary would not have known given the remoteness of the connection, Penn State's athletic director during that era was his distant cousin Ernest McCoy, son of Jarrette "Ernest" and Melinda Jane (Browning) McCoy of the family of Lyman and Mary Ann (McClanahan) Gaumer of Adamsville, OH. 

When the '64 season ended, Gary wed Susan Elizabeth Norseen ( ? - ? ), daughter of John D. Norseen of Mt. Lebanon, a suburb of Pittsburgh. Just a few weeks later, he threw a key touchdown pass in the annual Blue-Gray All-Star football game in Montgomery, AL and tied for the game's most valuable player award.

The son of Frank Errold and Juanita Esther (Hunt) Wydman Jr., of Corning, NY, Gary and his father later were both inducted into the Corning-Painted Post High School Sports Hall of Fame.  More>>>


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