“The University of Pennsylvania and its football program have the same mission statement and both can be described with one word — excellence. Whether it is the science department, the communication school or Wharton, excellence across the board is what we strive for. It is no different in athletics. Excellence has been the philosophical cornerstone in everything that we do. From facilities, to travel, to equipment, we try to provide the very best possible. The best and brightest is more than just a slogan; it is the driving force that prevails in all we undertake.
Balance is another key component of our mission statement. The Ivy League provides the best balance between the academic and athletic worlds. We have proven they not only co-exist can thrive. We routinely expect our student-athletes to not only be accomplished athletes but also leaders in the academic world and visible and involved members of the Penn community. Our student-athletes routinely garner all types of athletic and academic awards. Whether it is earning the Bushnell Cup, symbolic of the Ivy League Player of the Year Award, or being the recipient of a NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship, our student-athletes have continually demonstrated that commitment of balance.
Penn is also proud of its great football tradition. The 2013 season will mark the 137th year of football at Penn. During that time, Penn has recorded seven national titles; some of the greatest names in collegiate history have donned the Red and Blue; our stadium, Franklin Field, has been the arena of competition for a long and distinguished group of student-athletes and is the oldest collegiate football stadium still in use. Recent history has also been kind to the Quakers. Penn has won 16 Ivy championships in the past 31 years. We have won nine outright Ancient Eight crowns since 1993 and have had just one losing season in that span. The consistency of winning has been impressive. Football has been, and remains, a visible and integral part of the Penn community.
The city of Philadelphia has also been a key partner and ally of this institution. With its location in a vibrant and easily navigated city, it has provided outstanding cultural, sports and entertainment options for our students. Its world class status as a city is quite reflective of the world class status of our institution.”
— The George A. Munger Head Coach of Football, Al Bagnoli