Penn State Blue-White Game lures back regular Rick Sayles as well as long-absent Phil Williams
Rick Sayles and Phil Williams at Blue-White
You never know who you might run into at Blue-White weekend. But if I’d actually run into Phil Williams on one of the tailgate rows, I’d have met close to the same fate as all those he picked as a wide-body power forward on the beloved mid-1990s Penn State basketball teams.
Let’s just say, there’s a reason none other than then-Indiana coach Bob Knight as well as then-Wisconsin coach Stan Van Gundy called him the best screener in the Big Ten.
But there was Williams calling out to a friend: “Rick!” in the tailgating section on the west side of Beaver Stadium before the Blue-White game. I followed him over and that man turned out to be Ricky Sayles, a jack-of-all-trades LB/TE/WR on the 1989-92 football teams.
It turned out Sayles, 47, lives in Dillsburg and almost never misses a game while Williams, who lived for a time overseas before settling in Columbia, S.C., rarely has a chance. He had not been to a PSU football game in 20 years, he told me.
Here’s a short video I did with the two and I think you’ll agree they both look very little different than they did two decades ago when they were wearing blue and white.
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