Penn State’s defensive linemen got into the holiday spirit this week.

Members on the defensive front, along with D-line coach Sean Spencer, delivered nearly one-half ton of food on Tuesday to the State College Food Bank for Thanksgiving. The deliveries included 68 turkeys and 100 pounds of potatoes, according to

“It’s important for us to share our wealth and sense of giving with the community by making sure we’re giving back to people with less than us,” Spencer said, according to “I grew up as an underprivileged kid so I knew the importance of that. It’s not that I didn’t have a turkey but it was a struggle for my mother to feed a big family. If you can do something special like this to help out the community it’s worth it.”

The effort was done in partnership with Student Book Store, which agreed to donate at least 50 turkeys this season. The store, which sells official “Wild Dogs” T-shirts — the nickname of Penn State’s defensive line — doubled the number of sacks the Nittany Lions have recorded this year (34) to come up with the 68 turkey total.

That’s a really awesome way for members of the football team to get involved with the community and pitch in during the holiday season.