With the passing of Joe Paterno, it is the end of an era for much more than Penn State and its football program. Joe Paterno was a throwback to an era when loyalties to one’s employer and country were more than just personal conveniences. This was evidenced by the over five decades Coach Paterno stayed with one employer, Penn State University, where he lived modestly and donated millions to the University.
Yes, the end of Joe Paterno’s coaching days at Penn State were tainted by the Jerry Sandusky scandal. However, the fact that Paterno was shown not to be perfect does not detract from the significant good he brought to his University, its football players, and the greater world.
Recently, one of Joe Paterno’s over 5,000 football players that he mentored at Penn State, Mike Guman, gave an interview with his thoughts about Coach Paterno (posted below). In a few minutes, Guman who also played in the NFL, elegantly speaks for many of us Penn State alumni as he expresses how Paterno was much more than a football coach.
Joe Paterno touched many lives and the world is a much better place because of him. History will remember with kindness the man who many in recent years referred to as “Joe Pa”.