"Hi. My name is Kevin, and I'm a Penn State grad."
Well, maybe there's not a 12-step group for me and my fellow Penn State grads, but this week for the first time I feel like maybe there should be.
I have always been so proud to announce that I bleed Nittany Lion blue. This week, not so much.
When I went out on Sunday, the day after the Jerry Sandusky pedophilia scandal broke, I grabbed my Penn State cap as I usually do, but then thought better of it.
I put it down in disgust.
But now I realize I was wrong.
Pennsylvania State University is bigger than Joe Paterno and football.
It's larger than a few hundred rioting students.
It's more than the actions/inactions of a pedophile ex-coach and some sports administrators turning a blind eye to the heinous crimes of that child-molesting ex-coach.
Penn State is CTA bloggers like me; NFL placekickers like Robbie Gould; ex-CEOs like Tom Clark of Nike; former governors like Tom Ridge; and former CIA agents like Valerie Plame Wilson
It is 500,000 alumni worldwide.
Penn State will recover from this awful, bloody stain on its reputation. It may take a few years, but it WILL recover.
I just ask that you not lump the rest of us proud alum, its 46,000 talented teachers and employees, and the vast majority of it 96,000 students in with those tainted by the criminal acts of a few men.
Because We Are - Penn State.
And while we are embarrassed and disgusted by what a few men did this week, we are still Penn State Proud.