Calling all “Rudy” fans. This one’s for you. Marc Panu is a fourth-year walk-on on Vanderbilt University’s football team. During the preseason camp, head coach James Franklin was showing the team a film of their plays when all of a sudden, to Panu’s surprise, the attention turned to him. Franklin started pointing out Panu’s skills and then segued into an announcement that he was awarding Panu a full scholarship. His teammates gave the emotional student a standing ovation.
Video of the surprise scholarship is warming the hearts of people on the Web. Since Vanderbilt’s athletic department posted it on YouTube on Friday, the video has gained more than 210,000 views. One viewer wrote, “This is what athletics and working hard is all about.”
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