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Re: Joe Paterno Thread

  • Buzzlion
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Posted: 1/21/2012 5:46 PM

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I have learned so much from Joe Paterno just growing up in Pennsyvlania and attending Penn State as a student.   I have tried to use much of what I learned as I have raised my own son - who is now a freshman at Penn State. 
During the period when we were searching for a new coach, I asked my son who he would like to be the next head coach.  His answer?  "I just want somebody that loves Penn State half as much as Joe Paterno does".
As we have seen, even in these last few weeks, Joe has continued to show his love for Penn State.
I will always be grateful for all that Joe Paterno has done.  It will be up to all of us to live his legacy and restore the pride to Penn State.
God bless you Joe.  Hope you recover.

Posted: 1/21/2012 5:47 PM

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Same here.

Tough getting thru this thread.

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--- psu1972 wrote:

However, the reality of losing Joe has brought tears several times today.


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Posted: 1/21/2012 5:47 PM

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Never met that man and it's something I'll regret for the rest of my life. Good luck Joe, you're an inspiration to everyone you've met or who's had the pleasure of listening to you speak.

Posted: 1/21/2012 5:53 PM

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People outside the Penn State community do not understand that Joe is more than a football coach. He is family to us all.

Hang in there, Coach! We're all supporting you.

Posted: 1/21/2012 5:54 PM

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My family photo with Joe has always been one of my greatest treasures. For a man I've only met a handful of times, he has had more of an impact on the way I live my life than he'll ever know.

We love you Joe, keep fighting.

Posted: 1/21/2012 5:54 PM

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Joe Paterno, amazing man, icon, and leader. God bless Joe Paterno. May you have a swift and full recovery.

Posted: 1/21/2012 5:55 PM

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God Bless Joe and all of his family.   It is truly a shame the way things have gone recently.  I would only hope justice prevails.

Posted: 1/21/2012 6:01 PM

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Dear Coach,

You, Coach Paterno, are the man in the arena.  You have fought a good fight and in spite of the cold and timid critics you go out with honor.

It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat.

Posted: 1/21/2012 6:06 PM

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Someone posted on facebook that they have a relative who is a professor at PSU and stated Joe passed away.  Is this true?

Posted: 1/21/2012 6:10 PM

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Let's try and keep the rumors out of this. If Joe does pass away, the information will become public when the family is ready to do so.

Posted: 1/21/2012 6:11 PM

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Classy job with this guys. 

No reason to be the outlet that breaks this.  Give the family some privacy, they deserve it.

Posted: 1/21/2012 6:12 PM

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At a very sad time, this gave me a smile.

"Joe Pa" is trending worldwide on Twitter.

Gotta think Paterno would laugh at that one.

Posted: 1/21/2012 6:13 PM

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Luv ya Joe. Truly an inspiration and will always be my captain.

Posted: 1/21/2012 6:14 PM

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PSUsuperfan wrote: Someone posted on facebook that they have a relative who is a professor at PSU and stated Joe passed away.  Is this true?
It may be.  I just heard that everyone working for the Altoona ABC affiliate has been called in.

God bless you, Joe!
  • LeftyHill
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Posted: 1/21/2012 6:15 PM

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BlueWhite11: You mean "tweedle dee"?

Last edited 1/21/2012 6:16 PM by LeftyHill

Posted: 1/21/2012 6:15 PM

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wanderinPSUfan wrote: Dear Coach,

You, Coach Paterno, are the man in the arena.  You have fought a good fight and in spite of the cold and timid critics you go out with honor.

It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat.
beautiful and very fitting.  Thanks for sharing it.  We love you Joe and thank you for all you have done for humanity, Penn State, and the game of football.

Last edited 1/21/2012 6:17 PM by nvlion

Posted: 1/21/2012 6:15 PM

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God Bless you Joe
  • Lion53
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Posted: 1/21/2012 6:18 PM

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God bless Joe and his family.

We've been truly blessed to have had Joe lead our belved team for so many years. There wlii never be another coach like him. I was always most proud when I heard our players speak on TV and you knew there was more to each one of them besides being a college football player. Our players were student athletes.

Posted: 1/21/2012 6:19 PM

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I actually had the pleasure of being one on one with JoePa in his living room one day back in 1994 I believe. Will be a cherished moment for the rest of my life. I was chosen to pick up JoePa's contract from the Presidents office and to take it to him to sign at his home. For an undergrad....let me say...coolest thing ever. Funniest thing is that I knocked on the door and JoePa came and greeted me. Of course, being a dufus, I had the contract but not a pen for him to sign it. That day the Paternos had had there carpets cleaned and they had those plastic runners across the living room floor for you to walk on until the carpets dried. JoePa goes...."Just one minute"....and he goes jumping from one plastic runner to another across his living room to get a pen. Funniest damn thing. I'll always remember my personal one on one time with Joe even if it were just for a few minutes...... Joe knew I was an undergrad working for a local law firm and that I was coming....when we got done with the contract, he looks at me and says...."Your mom and dad must be proud of you. How are classes? Are you able to spend enough time on your classes while you are working for the firm?" I kid you not.....he didn't know me from Adam, but he was concerned about my academics. People can say what they want about Joe but I will always know who I believe him to be and no one will ever change my opinion of Joe no matter what.

Thank you Joe for all you have done for our University and thank you for being a role model for me growing up as a young man and young professional.

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--- TedGinnWho wrote:

Never met that man and it's something I'll regret for the rest of my life. Good luck Joe, you're an inspiration to everyone you've met or who's had the pleasure of listening to you speak.

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Posted: 1/21/2012 6:23 PM

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Prayer's go out to JoePa and all of the Paterno family

Posted: 1/21/2012 6:24 PM

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Best wishes Coach!

Posted: 1/21/2012 6:25 PM

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This was inevitable - his heart stopped 2 months ago.......

Posted: 1/21/2012 6:25 PM

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Thank you for doing so many things the right way.  I hope you know how much you mean to the university, despite the board's failure to say so.

Posted: 1/21/2012 6:27 PM

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I never had the pleasure of actually meeting Joe, yet I feel as though I may be losing a family member.
  • nittany22
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Posted: 1/21/2012 6:30 PM

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Prayers going up for an honorable man, his family and those close to him.

Posted: 1/21/2012 6:31 PM

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Thoughts and prayers are with you Coach.

Posted: 1/21/2012 6:33 PM

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Please know how much love there is in the world for you Joe- Thank you for everything

God bless you

Posted: 1/21/2012 6:33 PM

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"Joe Paterno Near Death" running on the ticker of ESPN now...

Last edited 1/21/2012 6:33 PM by DisplacedNittanyLion

Posted: 1/21/2012 6:33 PM

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My sincere thoughts and prayers to the Paterno family. This wasn't how it was supposed to happen...

Posted: 1/21/2012 6:37 PM

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I was nine years old in Avalon, NJ when my parents spotted Joe walking alone on the beach. They told me to go and say "Hi" so I took off in full sprint and greeted him along the tide. My parents laughed and watched from their beach towels, but soon had to get up and trail behind because Joe and I were walking and talking for more than just a few seconds. We chatted together like old chums for roughly half a mile as Coach spoke to me about the importance of academics. We only spoke about football for a little bit as he steered the conversation continuously towards academics. My dad still talks to this day about how Joe was throwing his arms into the air when talking to me being very animated as if he were coaching a game on the sidelines.

Not to long after, my family and I went and saw the Michael Keaton "Batman" movie in Stone Harbor, NJ. When we exited the theater we saw a crowd of people down the street. Like any curious kid, I fought my way through the mass and discovered Joe in the center signing autographs. I looked up at him and said...

"Hey coach!"
"Hi Dan," he responded.

Joe went on to ask me a few simple questions about my day, patted me on the shoulder and moved along. I still find it remarkable that he would have taken the time to talk to me for such a long period of time and that he would remember my name some time later. Truly a wonderful human being that has touched the lives of so many.

Our thoughts and prayers are with you, Coach.
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