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Joe Paterno Dies at 85

Joe Paterno Dies at 85

Longtime Penn State football coach Joe Paterno has died.

The 85-year-old coach passed away on Sunday (January 22) after fighting lung cancer.

“He died as he lived,” Joe‘s family said in a statement to the Associated Press. “He fought hard until the end, stayed positive, thought only of others and constantly reminded everyone of how blessed his life had been. His ambitions were far reaching, but he never believed he had to leave this Happy Valley to achieve them. He was a man devoted to his family, his university, his players and his community.”

Joe had been hospitalized since January 13 for observation; he was previously admitted for a week-long stay as he recovered from a broken pelvis.

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    Manny Says:

    ITAWY. Worse yet is that these kids didn’t have parents in their lives to pick up on the signs of abuse which makes this all the more distressing. These children needed someone to stand up for them. Joe Paterno could have walked on water for me if he would have said enough.
    The moment he found out about it he could have turned it all upside down and made a difference in millions of lives and not just that one child.
    Proving that human decency is more important than any football game or program is a much more far-reaching impactful legacy to leave than that of wins and losses on the football field.
    But alas Paterno was just a football coach, not a great man.

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