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Joe Paterno's former players respond

Posted on: January 22, 2012 11:30 am
Edited on: January 22, 2012 4:58 pm
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Posted by Tom Fornelli

The death of Joe Paterno on Sunday morning is one that will be felt across the entire college football landscape, but nowhere moreso than at Penn State where he spent his career building the school's program into a national program. With the news of his passing on Sunday morning, there was plenty of reaction across college football, with former players, coaches and many others talking about the legacy Paterno leaves behind.

"We grieve for the loss of Joe Paterno, a great man who made us a greater university," said Penn State president Rodney Erickson in a release. "His dedication to ensuring his players were successful both on the field and in life is legendary and his commitment to education is unmatched in college football. His life, work and generosity will be remembered always. The University plans to honor him for his many contributions and to remember his remarkable life and legacy. We are all deeply saddened." 

Some of Paterno's former players took to Twitter to express their thoughts on Sunday morning.

"Heaven hired THE best coach ever. #RIP #JoePa #WEARE" - Penn State quarterback Paul Jones

"Rest In Peace Coach. You have been my idol. You are a one of a kind man. Words cannot express all my feelings. Love you Coach." - former Penn State receiver Graham Zug

"No one wanted this news this morning.. #RIP Joe.. I'm praying I'll be able to touch lives like u did. #LongLiveTheKing" - Penn State running back Silas Redd

"#RIPJoePaterno Nothing but love and gratitude! #legendsNEVERdie" - former Penn State linebacker Nate Stupar

"R.I.P Joe..thank you for helping shape me into man I am today..will always be missed.." - former Penn State defensive back Justin King

"At a loss for words-Thankful for the impact he had on my life-Blessed to call him a friend and mentor-Joe is and always will be Penn State!" - former Penn State defensive back Adam Taliaferro

"Thank You Joe 4 taking a chance on me & helping to make me into the man I am today. i will never forget the lessons i learned from u #WeAre" - former Penn State linebacker Aaron Maybin

"At a loss for words... One of the most influential men in our nations history. By his passing PSU nations grows even stronger. Love you Joe." - former Penn State receiver Jordan Norwood
"The GREATEST... The Legend.. My Coach.. My friend.. You've meant so much to me and millions of others.. You will live on in my heart." - former Penn State quarterback Daryll Clark

"We should not be discourage by his death but encouraged by his life...it would be a blessing to impact others the way he did R.I.P Coach" - defensive tackle Devon Still

Many from the world of the NFL also responded to news of Paterno's death on Sunday.

Follow CBSSports.com's Penn State rapid reporter Jim Rodenbush for further updates out of Happy Valley.

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Since: Oct 14, 2006
Posted on: January 23, 2012 3:32 pm
 

Joe Paterno's former players respond

he might not of sodimized those kids but he sure the hell could have helped them, but he didnt,glade he is out and gone.



Since: Sep 16, 2007
Posted on: January 23, 2012 1:26 pm
 

Joe Paterno's former players respond

Hey moneybags and you other a$$e$ on this site.  Show your true colors and take a drive up to State College and say what you say on here tough guy.  Yeah, that's right, I just called you an effin coward!

A coward for writing opinions on a public message board??? Moneybags you better stop being an adult and drive up to State College.

Real tough hiding behind a keyboard, arent you.
About as tough as you hiding behind a keyboard.

What about all the other people who hid this more?
Paterno is the public figure, and the problem is that they all "hid" it.

You think the board didn't tell him not to worry, something will be done?
They probably did, but he could see that nothing was being done.




Since: Sep 16, 2007
Posted on: January 23, 2012 1:14 pm
 

Joe Paterno's former players respond

Stories of athlete's graduation rates, donating money, living a modest lifestyle, and his honesty of saying I could have done more .  .  . that's how I'll remember JoePa.
Fair or not, most will remember him for choosing to not do more.




Since: Nov 8, 2011
Posted on: January 23, 2012 11:01 am
 

Joe Paterno's former players respond

In the end, and no one can argue this, Coach did do something to stop this.  Coach Paterno could have used his clout and buried the report from McQueary, but instead went higher up to handle this.  In fact, his grand jury reports are probably the only ones that raise no eyebrows.  Everyone else seemed to have problems remembering what happened 10 years ago, but not an issue for an 85 year old guy.  He told the truth and even went farther for the famous quote, "I could have done more".  

Was it enough?  Could have been if Curley and Spanier followed through, but no one knows them.  Its much more interesting for reporters and the news to pick out the well-known name and drag it through the mud.  Stories of athlete's graduation rates, donating money, living a modest lifestyle, and his honesty of saying I could have done more .  .  . that's how I'll remember JoePa.



Since: Oct 24, 2011
Posted on: January 23, 2012 10:21 am
 

Joe Paterno's former players respond

@expressing grief...expressing narcissism - I didn't realize there was a correct way to grieve. Do you have a book or pamphlet that you could mail to me so I am prepared for more of my loved ones death and make sure I do it right. I'm sure it will answer all my questions, like how long after the deeath do I have to walk in the woods? How long should the walk be? What if I live in the city and can't get to the woods in that time frame? Is it only one time I should walk in the woods? After the walk in the woods am I allowed to speak to friends who may not have known the person?





Since: Dec 22, 2011
Posted on: January 23, 2012 10:14 am
 

Joe Paterno's former players respond

Joe Pa died because he was 85 and chemotherapy was too much for him to handle.  Great coach and you can tell he was, just by the out pour of athletes. I feel bad that his legacy will always be tarnished.  I really wish he would of handled things differently with Sandusky.  RIP Joe. You were one of the best!



Since: Apr 9, 2010
Posted on: January 23, 2012 9:37 am
 

expressing grief...expressing narcissism

The day that people began expressing condolences using that problematic system is going to be looked back upon as a dark day for humanity.

Death is a part of a life & something to be felt & sometimes shared with others who knew the person/pet/etc. Death is not something you deal with by punching keys on your little phone.

Anyone blathering about the death of someone they knew using that "tool" needs to reconsider their emotions and reaction to life & death.

Put down your phone, go for a walk in the woods, and think about what the person actually meant to you.



Since: Aug 19, 2006
Posted on: January 23, 2012 9:18 am
 

Joe Paterno's former players respond

Hey moneybags and you other a$$e$ on this site.  Show your true colors and take a drive up to State College and say what you say on here tough guy.  Yeah, that's right, I just called you an effin coward!  Real tough hiding behind a keyboard, arent you.  What about all the other people who hid this more?  You think the board didn't tell him not to worry, something will be done?  I have kids and think its terrible what happened to the victims, but Paterno wasn't the one who raped those kids so lay off.  Real tough of you to blast a guy after he's dead.

Oh and FYI, I'm a Michigan fan!



Since: Jun 8, 2008
Posted on: January 23, 2012 8:57 am
 

Joe Paterno's former players respond

He was the BEST coach in the history of college football
Nope, Bear Bryant was. He won 6 national champonships and Paterno never beat him. That aside. :p I agree with the rest of your post, he was a great man. It's unfortunate, I wish Joe Pa had passed away before all this happened. But much like the Bear, as soon as football was gone, he was right behind.


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Since: Mar 24, 2009
Posted on: January 23, 2012 6:06 am
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