Sunday, January 22, 2012

FFA: RIP Joe Paterno

Let's get this out of the way, I find Joe Paterno's lack of action in the Penn State/Jerry Sandusky child molestation case to be deplorable. That being said, Mr. Paterno did a lot for Penn State and college football and I feel that still deserves some recognition even in the face of this other mess. Yes, I am every bit as conflicted about how to honor this man as anyone, but here goes.

Pictures like this drive home the longevity of Coach Paterno. He was in his 62nd year with the Nittany Lions' coaching staff and his 44th as the head coach of Penn State University. He coached against legends and the men who stood in the shadow of those same legends 20 some odd years later. He made an indelible mark on the college football landscape as the only FBS coach with 400 victories (409). "Success with honor" was his motto and one he shared with the men he helped shape. Once Joe Paterno left PSU, we all knew that college football would never be the same. Now that he has passed on, that is more clear than ever.

Rest in Peace, JoePa.

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