Former Penn State football leader Adam Breneman leading a Pa. Congressional campaign
Adam Breneman life-after-football has officially begun. Again he is managing a political campaign.
The former York County resident and prominent Penn State football player is helping to run the campaign of Dr. John Joyce, a Republican candidate for Pennsylvania’s new 13th Congressional District, according to a press release issued Monday and reported by Fox43.
Breneman ran Mike Regan’s winning state senate campaign shortly after giving up football for the first time early in 2016.
“Adam Breneman is a community leader and a rising star in Pennsylvania politics,” Joyce said in the release. “From his leadership at Penn State to his impressive work for Senator Regan’s campaign, I am fully confident in Adam’s ability to lead our team to victory.”
Breneman was not only one of the nation's top tight end recruits coming out of Cedar Cliff High in 2013, he led one of the most critical recruiting classes in Penn State history — signing with quarterback Christian Hackenberg after NCAA sanctions temporarily crippled the program.
Significant knee damage initially forced him from football after three years at Penn State. That break running Regan's campaign alleviated the pain in the knee, allowing Breneman to make a stunning comeback at Massachusetts.
There, he was named an All-American and attempted to prepare for the NFL Draft. But with the debilitating pain returning, Breneman announced his retirement last month.
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"I'll say this, 'I don’t know if there's any player in college football who had a more interesting college career than I had," Breneman said last month. "There hasn't been any other program or recruiting class in the history of college football that had to deal with what we dealt with (at Penn State after NCAA sanctions). Then my injuries, leaving Penn State, being a campaign manager and thinking I'm going to be drafted ..."
Breneman, 23, earned his undergrad degree in business and political science from Penn State, then his master's in business administration at Massachusetts.
“I am thoroughly excited to join Dr. Joyce’s campaign,” he said in the release. “Dr. Joyce has served the 13th District his entire life as a doctor and I know that he is ready to serve his community on a entirely new level. The people of Pennsylvania have made it clear that they are tired of career politicians and perennial candidates who are all talk and no action.”
Joyce is one of eight GOP candidates running in the May primary in the heavy Republican district. The region's longtime incumbent Bill Shuster, R-Everett, is retiring this year.
Joyce is a dermatologist from Frankstown, Blair County.
The new 13th district is shaped similar to the current 9th district, represented by Shuster. It stretches from Adams County west to part of Westmoreland County and north to Blair and Huntingdon counties.