Ex-Penn State quarterback considers South Jersey high school mentor role


WINSLOW TOWNSHIP, New Jersey (WPVI) – Former Penn State and NFL quarterback Christian Hackenberg is back on the football field, but this time as a mentor.

Hackenberg is volunteering at Winslow Township High School as the new quarterback coach.

Hackenberg passed on his knowledge just a few years after the untimely end of his once promising career.

“It would be selfish if I didn’t give back. Say whatever you want. The experience I had, only a handful of guys have had it. And be bitter and take it in. my grave, and not to reflect on right and wrong would be selfish, ”Hackenberg said.

Hackenberg says he still has a love for the game which has shown him a tough love.

He is one of only three quarterbacks in NFL history to never play in a regular season game despite being drafted in the second round or so.

He’s been traded by the New York Jets and then cut three times, including the Philadelphia Eagles in 2018.

“Everyone is human. You think about it and think about it, but like I said for me, it’s more of an attack to come back and make an impact,” Hackenberg added.

Hackenberg lived in the New Jersey area with his wife.

When his former Penn State teammate Bill Belton, who is also a coach at the school, offered to join the staff, Hackenberg jumped at the idea of ​​helping.

“I’m really grateful. I didn’t expect to be coached by a former NFL player so I’m really grateful,” Winslow Township quarterback Hamas Duren said.

Hackenberg loves it so much that he does it for free.

He doesn’t throw it out there, but who knows, maybe Hackenberg will one day return to the NFL as a coach.

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