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Today is the one year anniversary of Coach Paterno's death. R.I.P.
"Ah, but a man's reach should exceed his grasp, or what's a heaven for." - Robert Browning
Dominate The State
My first trip to Penn State I was about 10 years old. My dad was a professor at Penn State New Ken and had a meeting at UP so he took me along with him. He bought me a Penn State football at the bookstore and it was one of those footballs that half of it was made with white leather. The last thing we did before we went home was went to the sports museum. In the parking lot when we were leaving my dad said "there's Joe over there". We went over and he signed my football and talked to us for a few minutes. It was nothing to him but it's something that I'll remember as long as I live.
Thank you Joe.
Rest In Peace to the greatest of all time.
This post was edited by MtNittMoonshine 15 months ago
RIP Joe we love u
RIP Joe,we miss ya and love ya...
Rest in Peace coach, thank you for everything you have done. Your leadership is sorely missed at Dear 'ole State
Rest easy coach
Meyer4Prez "This is wut happens when ur team site analyst are huge homers glad Bill K+Alex G keep it real instead of getting our hopes up."
When we were on the term system I seemed to always have a lot of 8 AM classes. One was an elective in the Forum every Monday, Wednesday, Friday winter term. I would pass Joe on the plaza in front of Chambers on my way to class from West Halls. He would always greet me a pleasant hello and sometimes a few additional words. I have always cherished those breif interactions and cherish them even more now that I know it can never happen again on this earth. Maybe at another time in much better place. Miss you Joe.
I miss Joe. Would be great to catch him in a booth during a game for a series or 2.
"Awe Billy ya gotta punt the ball there"
"Hold on to that ball Zwinak"
And countless other things I could think of.
Wish he Joe was still around...but feel blessed we had him for the time we did.
409 Forever and so SO much more
Suck It Emmert!! and "Sorry for not being sorry for being a Penn Stater" - Philafan
Never to be forgotten. Rest in peace.
Thanks for being you Coach Paterno.
We miss ya Old Friend. Keep watching over us.
I will never forget Joe or what he stood for. And I will never accept the current public perception of him. The truth will be clear in time.
You all know I like to mix it up a bit especially especially with Paterno and what was known/not known and what not, I have not reached new-era status but anyway...just wanted to say he has done a lot
I've come to the point of not caring anymore what the public perception of him is or will be. What matters is what we think and fell, not strangers. That's what the Board never figured out. Outside people like to say we don't "get it". Well I think it's those people who don't get it. And that's because they know little of the man who donated millions to this university, who raised untold thousands for charities and the Special Olympics, who benched key players for cutting class, and whose vision thirty years ago advanced this university in innumerable ways.
I only met Joe once in my life, but I can truly say I'm a better person for just knowing of him and his ideals.
"A lion does not concern himself with the opinions of the sheep"- Glenn Carson
God bless you Joe.
Gone but will never be forgotten.
I appreciate more and more each passing day, all that JoePa did for our University, the young men he coached, and for the countless students that he came in contact with and had an effect on their lives. He was a very special person, and we were all blessed to know him in our own unique ways. RIP Joe.
409 will be restored one day to the winningest coach of all time. To those that spat on 60 years of great work for someone elses misdeeds, you're house should only be so clean.
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"One man didn't build this program and one man sure as hell cannot tear it down."
RIP Joe Miss you...
One more Joe story from me. I saw him walking home with Jay after he passed Bear Bryant's record. My friend and I started clapping and yelling 'way to go coach'!
Joe's response? "Ah jeez fellas, that's enough".
I love that guy. Pure class.
I had the good fortune to spend an evening with Joe Paterno in 1980 when I organized a Chicago-area banquet for him and basketball coach Dick Harter, and I was able to chat with him for quite a while that evening. He was modest and honest and funny and friendly. Roughly fifteen years passed, and while I was walking through the lobby of a Chicago hotel while working as a volunteer reporter for a PSU sports publication at the Big Ten meetings, I saw Joe walking towards me. He instantly recognized me, recalled the banquet, and we chatted briefly about the Big Ten. Then he went to do some interviews and I did some with other coaches as well. Joepa had an incredible and well-documented memory.
It’s been a year since the death of Joe Paterno, and I would suggest that we simply show the same ability to remember things as Joe was able to do. We need to remember that some people forgot his long service to the University. And we need to remember the good man who loved Penn State.
His legacy is us. He lives on through each of us who love him. His legacy is a world-class university. It's the spirit of the 2012 football team. It's the spirit of the school that makes it a Happy Valley. We're blessed to have had him, but he'll be with us always. We Are.
"You can take bowl games and you can take external things from people, but you can't take a warrior's heart."
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