Penn State football coach Bill O'Brien was in Cumberland County Tuesday.
He spoke during the 100-year anniversary of the Greater Carlisle Area Chamber of Commerce annual breakfast.
“You replace a legend, the body of wins, it will never be matched,” address Bill O’Brien.
With a bit of honesty, Penn State head football coach Bill O'Brien told the Greater Carlisle Area Chamber of Commerce that character is what makes a great leader.
He spoke of the challenge of joining a team that was previously coached by unmatched leadership.
“You can't match that, O’Brien addressed. “I won't be here for 47 years, are you nuts?”
As the keynote speaker at the Chamber's annual breakfast meeting, O'Brien's openness and humor came through as he spoke about the importance of maintaining personal interactions in this day of social media.
“All they do is twitter this, tweet that, same thing with spacebook or whatever you call it,” O’Brien chuckled, drawing a laugh from the crowd. “We can never lose eyeball to eyeball, shake hands and look them in the eyes.”
Drawing from his professional experiences as well, he spoke of what it was like to stand among so many great leaders. He managed to do so with a bit of levity and not so much regret.
“I have been fortunate, had two Super Bowl teams,” O’Brien commented. “Two teams went to the Super Bowl, didn't win, but went there!”
Those in attendance say O'Brien's speech was inspiring.
“He is an incredible man, no one could replace JoePa, but he has his values and the perfect person to step into those shoes,” Mindi Naylor stated.