University Park, Pennsylvania
originally posted May 26, 2012
In the aftermath of the Jerry Sandusky scandal, the statue of Joe Paterno was removed on Sunday, July 22, 2012. For now, the statue is stored in a garage at the stadium. Its final disposition remains unclear.
I was just looking at my website’s stats and realized that this is my 400th post! It also happens to feature a Pennsylvania football legend and my very own newly-graduated nephew, Sean!
Joe Paterno has been a Penn State University football coach since 1950! (16 as an assistant coach and 44 as head coach). I have had the pleasure of meeting him on two occasions … and though he can appear on the gruff side, he was very warm and engaging when I spoke with him.
The bronze statue, honoring Joe’s contributions to Penn State University, stands just outside PSU’s Beaver Stadium. It rises to just over 7-feet tall and weighs nearly 900 pounds.
There is a three-sided stone wall behind the statue. The left section of the wall reads, “Joseph Vincent Paterno: Educator, Coach, Humanitarian.” The section behind the tribute features four Nittany Lion football players following Paterno onto the field. The quote to the right of the the coach is: “They ask me what I’d like written about me when I’m gone. I hope they write I made Penn State a better place, not just that I was a good football coach.” The other side of the wall features plaques with the scores of the games coached by Paterno from 1966-to present.
Congratulations to Coach Paterno for a coaching career that will likely never be duplicated, and to my nephew who is just beginning his own stellar career!