Bill O’Brien, Houston Texans trying to sign former Penn State linebacker Michael Mauti
Former Penn State star Michael Mauti forces up the crowd as thousands of Penn State fans pack LA Live for the Rose Bowl pep rally. The Nittany Lions take on USC on Jan. 2.
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Five years ago, Bill O’Brien coached Michael Mauti through the first season under sanctions at Penn State. Now, the pair might reunite in the NFL.
“We brought in Mike Mauti in the other day to work out,” Mauti told Mike Poorman. “We’re going to try to sign him and get him on our team. He told me, ‘You know, it’s been five years since that ’12 season.’ And I told him, ‘You got to be kidding me.'”
O’Brien is entering his fourth season coaching the Texans after spending two seasons in State College and posting a 15-9 record despite the heavy sanctions.
Mauti is entering his fifth season in the NFL. He played in eight games for the New Orleans Saints last season before ulcerative colitis, an inflammatory bowel disease in the large intestine, ended his season. NOLA.com detailed Mauti’s battle with the disease, which has included three surgeries, and his journey in trying to return to the field.
Mauti’s found support from plenty of places this offseason, even Charmin:
My road to recovery n back on the field might as well have been paved in @Charmin… thanks again y’all for havin by back (butt) all year! pic.twitter.com/KjQbMXqyeZ
— Michael Mauti (@Michael_Mauti) July 20, 2017
Mauti was drafted by the Minnesota Vikings in the seventh round in 2013.
He was an All-Big Ten and an ESPN All-America selection is senior year with Penn State.
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