Joe Paterno’s Death Stirs Penn State Campus & the World!

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In reading this article from USA Today, I realized two things… Even though all of the Sandusky Rape Scandal media coverage tried to tarnish the legacy of Joe Pa, many realized how hard that is. He made Penn State a powerhouse of a football team & brought millions of dollars to that school athletically & academically. The second thing I realized is that Joe Pa not only died from the cancer that was spreading in his is body but he also died from a broken heart! He could no longer do what he loved COACH FOOTBALL! Joe Paterno’s legacy will live on to be one of the most reputable, irreplaceable legacies of many generations! Here are some of the quotes from celebrities, players, & coaches who have been touched by Paterno’s life long legacy & career!

The list includes some of the more than 200 former players that went on to careers in the NFL, former assistants, opposing coaches and a former president of the United States.

Here is a sampling of the comments:

Former Florida State coach Bobby Bowden

“It’s going to be very hard to imagine college football without Joe in this world. I met Joe in 1962 when I was the head coach at Howard College and he was an assistant at Penn State. I took a train up to State College to watch them during spring practice. We started playing each other once I got to West Virginia University in 1966 as an assistant coach, which was Joe’s first year as Penn State’s head coach. We had many great battles over the 40 plus years, and many great times together with our wives on various coaching trips.”

Former U.S. President George H.W. Bush

“I was deeply saddened to hear of the passing of Joe Paterno. He was an outstanding American who was respected not only on the field of play but in life generally — and he was, without a doubt, a true icon in the world of sports. I was proud that he was a friend of mine. Barbara and I send our condolences to his devoted wife Suzanne and to his wonderful family.”

Duke basketball coach Mike Krzyzewski.

“Few people are responsible for building something that will last forever. …Coach Paterno was first and foremost an educator, whose immeasurable contributions to Penn State, the coaching profession and the entirety of college sports, will be felt permanently. That is the legacy of a great leader.”

Miami Heat forward LeBron James on Twitter

“R.I.P Joe Pa! Met him before while I was out at Nike campus. He was great man!!”

South Carolina coach Steve Spurrier

“I have the utmost respect and admiration for Joe Paterno. I’ve coached around 300 college games and only once when I’ve met the other coach at midfield prior to the game have I asked a photographer to take a picture of me with the other coach. That happened in the Citrus Bowl after the ’97 season when we were playing Penn State. I had one of our university photographers take the picture with me and Coach Paterno, and I still have that photo in the den at my house. That’s the admiration I have for Joe Paterno. It was sad how it ended, but he was a great person and coach.”

Ohio State coach Urban Meyer

“He was a man who I have deep respect for as a human being, as a husband and father, as a leader and as a football coach. I was very fortunate to have been able to develop a personal relationship with him, especially over the course of the last several years, and it is something that I will always cherish.”

“We have lost a remarkable person and someone who affected the lives of so many people in so many positive ways. His presence will be dearly missed. His legacy as a coach, as a winner and as a champion will carry on forever.”

Matt Millen, a former player at Penn State and with multiple teams in the NFL

“I am numb. Forget the football aspect. We just lost a great contributor to our society. He was way more than a football coach. There are many living positive testimonies walking around because of Joe Paterno. He straightened out many lives.”

“He was rare. This was a real guy — he was not a fake. Was he infallible? Absolutely not. He had his flaws; he made mistakes. But he was as close to being what you are supposed to be as anyone I ever have been around.”

Tom Bradley, an assistant under Paterno at Penn State for 33 years

“He was a tremendous teacher not because he knew all of the answers but because he challenged us to find the answers for ourselves. He made us better men than we believed we could be – both on and off the field. And when we lost our way or became unsure of ourselves, it was coach Paterno who was there to encourage us, guide us and remind us that we must always strive to succeed with honor.”

Former Penn State player Lydell Mitchell who also played in the NFL with the Baltimore Colts

“We came to Penn State as young kids and when we left there we were men and the reason for that was Joe Paterno.”

LSU defensive back Tyrann Mathieu on Twitter

REST IN PEACE JOE PA!!! You are a legend and a champion!!!!

Former Penn State player and current Jacksonville Jaguars linebacker Paul Posluszny

“His influence on me personally was a lot more far-reaching than the playing field. … Coach Paterno should be remembered and revered for his 61 years of service to the Penn State community, the many games and championships he won, and the positive influence he was.”

Northwestern coach Pat Fitzgerald

“The legacy of Joe Paterno will be long lasting — not only as a football coach and mentor, but as a family man. For 62 years, Coach Paterno poured his heart and soul into a football program and university, helping countless young men reach their dreams and goals on the football field before moving on to successful careers and lives as adults. It’s hard to fathom the impact that Coach Paterno has had on college football and at Penn State. His insight and wisdom will be missed. We at Northwestern send our condolences to Sue and the Paterno family.”

Former Penn State player and current Buffalo Bills safety Bryan Scott

“It’s really difficult to find words that encompass what Coach Paterno will forever mean to me. He reinforced that a man’s character, morals, values and fundamentals were the main ingredient for success. Succeeding in the classroom, succeeding at your job, succeeding at home, should all be placed before success on the football field.”

“He brought great perspective to my life, and I will always and forever take those lessons, live by them, and pass them forward.”

Virginia Tech coach Frank Beamer

“We have lost someone with great and special talents,” Beamer said. “He had great and special talent as far as being a leader, which is very obvious by his winning record. And, he had a great and special talent in how he treated people. In my experience with him, he was always charming, gracious and thoughtful. I think he was a great fighter, and I know he fought this illness to the very end. College football will miss Joe Paterno.”

Contributing: The Associated Press

WIS News 10 Reports: “From Breaking Into Homes to Building Them!”

I always get alerts from WIS News 10′s twitter account, today I saw a weird headline, you really have to read this amazing story about the kids in South Carolina Department of Juvenile Justice! #Shoutout to my buddy Tim Pulliam for covering this story! READ:

From breaking into homes to building them
By Tim Pulliam

COLUMBIA, SC (WIS) – It’s not every day that a teenager can say he built a home from nothing.

For two months, 50 teenagers under supervision of the SC Department of Juvenile Justice have been building a three bedroom house.

17 year-old Darryl Atkins is one of them

“I’m incarcerated for breaking into homes so it feels good to be able to build a house for somebody else, ” said Atkins.

Atkins and the other teenagers just finished working on the frame of the house. It took two weeks.

Atlkins wants to become a welder. The Habitat for Humanity project is helping him live his dream.

“I helped with the floor, the walls, the roof and the siding,” he said.

Atkins and the others are learning skills while providing a dream home for Ms. Jackson, whose son suffers from cerebral palsy.

Last month Jackson saw the results of the teens’ hard work.

“The kids need this,” she said. “They’ll connect to other people and just being out and learning Christian, good sound Christian people who care about them”

DJJ staff says the teens have also shown a concern and care for others.

“They really took to it and did an outstanding job for us we had no problems from any of the kids that participated. W are so proud of them.”

“I’ve never really done a lot of stuff to help a lot of people in my life and being that I get to help somebody in a bad predicament it’s a good thing for me,” said William Starks. “It’s a good feeling, yeah, makes me feel good.”

A good deed they hope overshadows a bad decision.

“We’re not who we seem to be,” said Atkins. “We have another chance at life.”

Monday morning, crews will lift the house over the DJJ fence to its permanent site.

Copyright 2012 WIS. All rights reserved.

Legendary Penn State coach Paterno dead at 85

Joe Paterno, whose tenure as the most successful coach in major college football history ended abruptly in November amid allegations that he failed to respond forcefully enough to a sex abuse scandal involving a former assistant, died Sunday, a family spokesman said. He was 85.

The longtime Penn State head coach was diagnosed with what his family had called a treatable form of lung cancer shortly after the university’s Board of Trustees voted to fire him.

He had been hospitalized in December after breaking his pelvis in a fall at his home and again in January for what his son called minor complications from his cancer treatments.

“It is with great sadness that we announce that Joe Paterno passed away earlier today,” the family statement said. “His loss leaves a void in our lives that will never be filled.”

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Paterno, who was affectionately known as “JoePa” by generations of his players and football fans alike, was widely admired in football circles for what he called his “Grand Experiment” — his expectation that big-time college football players could succeed on the field while upholding high academic and moral standards away from the gridiron.

Under his leadership, the Nittany Lions won two national championships, went undefeated five times and finished in the top 25 national rankings 35 times, according to his official Penn State biography.

At the same time, the program never fell under NCAA sanctions for major infractions while producing 13 Academic All-Americans since 2006. In 2009, according to the university, the Nittany Lions posted an 85% graduation rate.

“The acclaim for Joe Paterno has stemmed largely from the contrast between the high academic and moral standards he has tried to exemplify and the shameless conduct that often embarrasses and dishonors the college sport he cherishes,” author Michael O’Brien wrote in a 1999 biography of Paterno, “No Ordinary Joe.”

Paterno was born in 1926 in Brooklyn to second-generation Italian immigrants, according to O’Brien’s book.
He attended Brown University, where he played quarterback and cornerback, according to another Penn State biography.

When Paterno decided to forgo a career in law and make coaching his career, his family said Sunday, his father Angelo had one command: “Make an impact.”

“As the last 61 years have shown, Joe made an incredible impact. That impact has been felt and appreciated by our family in the form of thousands of letters and well wishes along with countless acts of kindness from people whose lives he touched.”

He coached at Penn State as an assistant from 1950 to 1965 and became head coach in 1966.

Decked out in his soon-to-become trademark thick glasses, white socks and sneakers, Paterno quickly became a memorable fixture on the football field, leading the Nittany Lions to undefeated seasons in 1968, 1969 and again in 1973 and the first national championship of his tenure in 1982.

Named National Coach of the Year five times, Paterno was added to the College Football Hall of Fame in 2006, but his induction was delayed until 2007 because of injuries he suffered in a sideline collision.
He became the winningest coach in major college football history in 2011 with 409 victories.

Paterno “died as he lived,” the family statement said Sunday. “He fought hard until the end, stayed positive, thought only of others and constantly reminded everyone of how blessed his life had been. His ambitions were far reaching, but he never believed he had to leave this Happy Valley to achieve them. He was a man devoted to his family, his university, his players and his community.”

In addition to his exploits on the sidelines, Paterno had a significant impact on the university’s academic programs.

Paterno and his wife, Suzanne, donated more than $4 million to the university over the years for faculty endowments, scholarships and building projects, according to the university.

“Penn State has been very good to both Sue and me,” he said in 1998, according to his university biography.

“He has been many things in his life — a soldier, scholar, mentor, coach, friend and father,” the family statement said. To his wife, “he was and is her soul mate, and the last several weeks have shown the strength of their love. To his children and grandchildren he is a shining example of how to live a good, decent and honest life, a standard to which we aspire.”

Honored with glowing words of praise from players and presidents alike — President Ronald Reagan said Paterno never forgot that “he is a teacher who’s preparing his students not just for the season, but for life,” according to a university biography — he received the National Football Foundation and College Football Hall of Fame Distinguished American Award in 1991.

In doing so, he became the first active coach to do so, according to the biography.

“What are coaches?” he said at the dinner celebrating his award, according to his university biography.

“Number one, we’re teachers and we’re educators. We have the same obligation as all teachers at our institutions, expect we probably have more influence over our young people than anyone other than their families,” he said.

It was his perceived failure to meet those obligations that led to his downfall as the only coach many Penn State football fans had ever known.

In October, state authorities charged two university officials with misleading investigators and failing to report alleged sexual abuse in 2002, after a Penn State assistant told a grand jury he saw former assistant coach Jerry Sandusky performing what appeared to be anal sex on a boy in a shower at the football complex.

The assistant reported it to Paterno the next day, who said he passed the report along to then-Athletic Director Tim Curley and another university executive, Gary Schultz.

Curley and Schultz left their positions shortly after the grand jury report was revealed. The next month, the university fired Paterno and Penn State President Graham Spanier.
At the time, he said in a statement released by his son, Scott Paterno, that he was “distraught” over the sex abuse scandal.

In an interview with the Washington Post published January 14, Paterno said that he felt inadequate to deal with the allegations.

“I didn’t know exactly how to handle it and I was afraid to do something that might jeopardize what the university procedure was,” the Post quoted him as saying. “So I backed away and turned it over to some other people, people I thought would have a little more expertise than I did. It didn’t work out that way.”

His family said Sunday Paterno died “with a peaceful mind, comforted by his ‘living legacy’ of five kids, 17 grandchildren, and hundreds of young men whose lives he changed in more ways than can begin to be counted.”

In lieu of flowers or gifts, the family requests that donations be made to the Special Olympics of Pennsylvania or the Penn State-THON, a charity dance marathon held by Penn State fraternities and sororities.