A Death Of A Hero


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10 years from now, when someone asks you if you remember Joe Paterno, will you remember him for the scandal he brought to Penn State or the legacy that was built not only on wins on the field but the character in the players he coached?

This morning, the town of State College Pennsylvania was stricken with heart braking news about a 85 year old hero. The former head football coach at Penn State, Joe Paterno, died of lung cancer

JoePa built Penn State football on “Success with Honor”, and achieved his goal. He has won 409 games, more than any other coach, led the team to 37 bowl games and over 250 of his players went pro.

Joe was a man that is very rarely found today. He was a man that saw the importance of character of a person and made sure people understood that.

The last 10 to 15 weeks of his life are not the way to remember a person like Joe Paterno. His career as a football coach and his morals are what to remember him by, not the sex scandal.

I can’t help to think that he died of a broken heart. He loved football. That is why he stayed in coaching for 61 years. The firing of Joe must have taken a terrible toll on him, because a school that he has given so much to has fired him from the job he loved.

So don’t remember Joe Paterno from the scandal, remember him as he really was, a football loving, good hearted man.

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About Kevin Bridge

I am an undergraduate student at the University of Tennessee majoring in journalism and electronic media. I am one of the co-founders of The Backfield Press.

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