IT WOULD BE A SURPRISE if Brian Hutchins didn’t have a Gorilla room. A former quarterback who wears a national championship ring from 1991, Hutchins can’t remember a time when he wasn’t a PSU football fan.

“I grew up watching the Gorillas,” Hutchins said.

Hutchins has only to step into the basement room he calls “The Pitt” to surround himself with a flood of Pitt State memories.

After his playing days were over, much of Hutchins’ collection went into storage. But when “A lot of this stuff was collected when I was in college,” Hutchins said.

Hutchins and his wife, Stacy, built a new home, he made sure the plans included a room designed specifically for the memorabilia.

Every wall and shelf in The Pitt has something related to Pitt State and specifically, Gorilla football. Even the pingpong table is painted in a PSU theme. Gorillas sit on the shelves amongst a collection of game balls and other trophies.

Hutchins said his PSU passion goes beyond just his experience as a student athlete and he knows thousands of alumni share it.

“There’s something about Pittsburg and Pittsburg State that’s special,” Hutchins said. “When you travel around, you see that. What it is, I don’t know, but there’s definitely something.”

Asked to name his most prized mementos in the room, Hutchins thought about the photo of himself and quarterback Zac Dickey, taken during last year’s championship run. He picked up the hand-painted game ball from his own championship year.

But in the end, he settled on a series of photos of his two sons, which he has interspersed among the Pitt State memorabilia.

“The pictures of my kids, that’s top of the list,” Hutchins said.

That’s two more youngsters who are growing up to love Pitt State.