Eight former Penn State football players and one former assistant coach announced on Tuesday they have sent a letter of appeal to the NCAA regarding the NCAA's sanctions against the Nittany Lions' football program, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reported.

The group claims vacating the victories achieved from 1998 to 2011 unfairly taints the reputation of those not involved in the Jerry Sandusky child sex scandal.

All nine people in the group were part of the Penn State football program during those years. One was Michael Robinson, a former Penn State quarterback who is now a fullback for the Seattle Seahawks.

In the appeal letter that was sent to the NCAA -- a copy of which was obtained by the Post-Gazette -- the group noted the NCAA found that no student athletes were responsible for events involving Sandusky, a former Penn State assistant who was convicted in June of child sexual abuse.

Vacating the wins "is unreasonable, excessive, unprecedented and constitutes an indignity to the men who honorably fulfilled their responsibilities as student athletes and coaches at Penn State under Coach Joe Paterno during this period," the letter written by the group's attorneys stated.