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As Penn State fans mourn the passing of Joe Paterno, Lions247 asks you to share your thoughts and memories of the legendary head coach.
This post has been edited 4 times, most recently by Pat Tholey on 1/22/2012 at 9:51 AM
When I wrote Joe to please send a card to my PSU-alumni parents for their 50th anniversary (seven years ago), not only did he do so, but it wasn't one of those institutional cards. It was a wonderfully personal card and showed he took the time to get it right. It's typical of his nature.
This post was edited by Spin Dr on 1/21/2012 at 8:18 PM
Plain and simple, the reason I became a Penn St. fan. Loved everything he stood for and the way he presented his teams. He will be missed.
Joe Paterno was a great human being. He wasn't perfect, nobody is. But he did a hell of a job living a full life. Remember Joe for the good he did...not his mistakes.
He'll always be our coach, the Head Coach of Pennsylvania State University. He'll continue to live through former players, current players, alumni, current, and future students.
WE ARE...Penn State!
Much Love, Joe. Thanks.
We Are...Penn State!
Joe preaching values to the Cathedral Prep football game at halftime in veterans stadium (Erie) and in state college as we stopped for a practice on our way to the state championship game in 2000. Great man and legends never die, I love you joepa!
From a Buckeye fan, so sorry for your loss. JoePa was a great coach. He will be missed by many across the college football landscape. RIP Joe.
Recruits, Ask Mike Hart how it feels to beat the Buckeyes. Oops, I forgot. He never beat the Buckeyes.
I never played football, but I do go to school there for acedemics and that is what Joe stood for. I am a proud graduate of Penn State and spent a good deal of time obtaining my degree in a library that this great man helped build. I am forever in debt to JoePa for what he has done to a university I hold so dear in my heart.
As i posted in another thread:
I had the honor of meeting Joe once at the Nittany Lion Inn. My mother and I were supposed to be meeting my Dad at a awards dinner in one of the banquet halls, and my mom must have misheard which one to go to. Because next thing I know, were in line right behind Joe. Before going to the right place, my mom decided I had to meet him.
Since I was in High School at the time, my mom made a joke about me wanting to come to Penn State because of Joe. Joe's response was so down to earth and humble, that I will never forget it. He shook my hand and said "Don't come to Penn State because of me. Come to Penn State because you want to and it's the best thing for you." The fact that a living legend would be so humble and care about some kid he didn't even know, and would probably never see again, only made my love for Penn State and my respect for him grow.
I know that I will preach his values and importance of education to my kids and tell them all about Joe.
Thank you for all the memories Joe. I am praying for you and your family.
The reason a small town kid from Alabama has a degree from PSU is because of him. I was young when he spoke of his "master plan" and still believe in it today.
From an Alabama fan. My prayers to the Penn State family for your loss. I know that him and Coach Bryant had a friendship (I know that Coach Paterno called him "Paul" which obviously spoke to their close relationship). My best memory of Coach Paterno will be of him walking to the locker room at halftime of the Alabama/Penn State game in 2010 at Bryant/Denny stadium. As he walked by the Alabama student section they gave him a standing ovation as he walked off the field. That is called RESPECT ladies and gentlemen.
This post was edited by BooAU on 1/21/2012 at 8:18 PM
Sending out prayers to the Penn State family from the Miami Hurricanes family!!!!
Seeing him stroll past my childhood home on many of his "famous daily walks." I grew up in College Heights near the golf course area and Ridge Avenue must of been a part of one of his charted walks. RIP.
RIP...Mr. Paterno, God bless you and your family...
From a buckeye fan. My prayers go out to all the Penn State family as well as Coach Paterno's family. He was a man I respected and admired as a coach as well as a person who did so much for the players he coached. He was a class man and regardless of Sandusky's actions, he will always be the great coach in my heart.
My thoughts & prayers are with the entire Penn State family. I've always had a great deal of respect for Joe Pa/PSU for doing things the right way. (mostly) Despite all that has went on recently, I will always remember all the good he did for the game of college football. He is a legendary football coach & a great man... He will be missed. May he RIP.
Golden is better then Jimbo is. I feared it was true. He is going to hoist a crystal ball there. -fsufsu
When I think of Coach Paterno, I think of Penn State, and I am filled with nostalgia and sweet memories. As an Alabama fan, there isn't another opposing coach or program that I admire and respect more.
My thoughts and prayers are with the entire Penn State family and Coach Paterno's loved ones tonight and moving forward. Coach Paterno will undoubtedly have a familiar face and a good friend welcoming him to Heaven.
God bless you all.
This post was edited by bamabiscuit on 1/21/2012 at 8:31 PM
Even in his final days Joe is making the media look foolish.
Most people will remember Joe for everything he did on the gridiron as they followed the team. But my best memories are what he did for young men who came from backgrounds that were not good and he taught them to be men, football players and graduates of PSU.
87' Fiesta Bowl. As a hurricanes fan I thought Penn State didn't stand a chance in that game. I remember I didn't really mind the defeat after the game ended. Joe Paterno was a special coach but even better person and that made it all ok.
Ray, when someone asks you if you're a god, you say "YES"!
I have been lucky in my life to have met joe almost 30 years ago. I have been lucky to share some meals with joe in my younger years. Joe held a conversation with me even thou I was a kid and he gave me advice and words tolive by that I never figured out until I was much older. There are 2 college football coaches that I have grown to admire and respect joe and Dooley. I treasure the moments and time joe has given to me and psu.
We are both atheists. When you understand why you dismiss all the other possible gods, you will understand why I dismiss yours
I wish i could of played for you but i did meet you one time. its was one of the best days of my life and i thnk you for that RIP Joepa
For the record and those posting RIP, both Scott and Jay Paterno have refuted the report that Paterno has passed away. With all of the posts on Lions247 regarding Paterno, this is a good thread to share your thoughts, memories, interaction, etc. with the legendary head coach.
This post was edited by Pat Tholey on 1/21/2012 at 9:02 PM
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I'll never forget the first time I met Joe. We were scheduled to fly to a fundraising event in Pittsburgh out of the PSU hangar and there was bad weather moving in. This was also right after Sue had broken her leg - so Joe wasn't really in the mood to fly out there and be away from her. Myself, Rene Portland, Joe, and Jeff Nelson are sitting in the office area of the hangar debating whether or not we were going to go and Joe looks at me and says, "What do you think we should do, Ace?" After I picked my jaw off the floor I managed to say I didn't mind either way.
Ultimately we decided not to go, but on the way out to the parking lot Joe and I had a long chat about the Lehigh Valley and the upcoming season - truly a class act.
I started watching JoePa and the good ole Blue and White when I was 7-8 years old. I grew up in Missouri donning the Penn State shirts with nobody understanding why....I would just say that is my grandpa on the TV....at 7 or 8. I loved to find books or magazines that would just give me something, anything that mentioned Penn State or JoePa. Now I am 31 years old and so sad how the last 2-3 months have played out....I feel like I am losing my Grandpa that I would watch football on Saturdays....the Grandpa that would give me life lessons about you know life....I have tried to teach my 2 1/2 year old the We Are chants and the Joe Pa Terno chants....I love the dear old man and I have only shook his hand once to congratulate him on a good game on the road.....he has meant so much to me and I watched him afar from Missouri.....
I will always love you JoePa....thanks for everything!!!!
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