Penn State football team working to move forward after Freeh Report

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The Penn State football team pushed ahead Friday, making strides at Friday's Lift for Life event.

Lift for Life raises thousands of dollars each year for kidney cancer awareness and research.

Thursday's release of the Freeh Report marked another dark day for the football program. The report claims coach Joe Paterno covered up claims of Jerry Sandusky sexually abusing children.

"It's definitely difficult. I mean anytime you turn on the TV or open the newspaper up, you see it everywhere," said quarterback Matt McGloin.

Despite everything, the players said they still love Paterno.

"I'm still a big supporter of Coach Paterno, he's one of the reasons that I'm here. Nobody's perfect. That's basically all you can say. No man is perfect at all," said defensive tackle Jordan Hill.

"Coach Paterno gave me the opportunity to play here, an opportunity many coaches didn't. So to that I owe my career to him," McGloin added.

When asked about any possible sanctions the NCAA may take, Hill said they're not giving it much thought.

"We can't think about 'what if this happens?' Because nothing has happened yet," he said.

All of the players said they're doing their best to avoid the hype and keep their heads in the game.

"All we can do is get prepared everyday, work hard, and ignore the noise," said linebacker Mike Mauti.

This is the tenth year for Lift for Life. Last year's event raised more than $100,000 for kidney cancer research and awareness.

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