30 Facts About Joe Paterno

1. Joe Paterno was buried in Spring Creek Presbyterian Cemetery just outside the town.

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2. In November 2011, Scott Joe Paterno reported that his father had a treatable form of lung cancer.

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3. Joe Paterno sustained hairline fractures to his hip and shoulder.

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4. Joe Paterno was injured again in August 2011, after colliding with a player during practice.

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5. In November 2008, Joe Paterno had successful hip replacement surgery after spraining his leg while trying to demonstrate onside kicks during a practice session.

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6. Joe Paterno coached the 2007 Outback Bowl from the press box before making a full recovery.

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7. Joe Paterno was unable to avoid the play and was struck in the knee by Badgers linebacker DeAndre Levy's helmet.

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8. In November 2006, Joe Paterno was involved in a sideline collision during a game against Wisconsin.

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9. Joe Paterno was a longtime summer resident of Avalon, New Jersey.

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10. Joe Paterno campaigned for Bush door-to-door in the 1988 New Hampshire primary, and seconded his nomination at the Republican National Convention.

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11. Joe Paterno thanked the crowd and said, "The kids who were victims or whatever they want to say, I think we all ought to say a prayer for them.

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12. Joe Paterno was a long-time advocate for some type of college football playoff system.

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13. In 2009, Joe Paterno was named to Sporting News list of the 50 greatest coaches of all time.

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14. Joe Paterno was inducted on December 4, 2007, and officially enshrined in a ceremony held July 19, 2008.

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15. On May 16, 2006, Joe Paterno was elected to the College Football Hall of Fame after the National Football Foundation decided to change its rules and allow any coach over the age of 75 to be eligible for the Hall of Fame instead of having to wait until retirement.

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16. Joe Paterno had 29 finishes in the Top 10 national rankings.

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17. Joe Paterno holds the NCAA record for total bowl appearances with 37.

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18. Joe Paterno holds an official NCAA total of 18 bowl victories.

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19. Joe Paterno was known for his gameday image—thick glasses, rolled-up dress slacks, white socks and Brooklyn-tinged speech.

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20. In 1995, Joe Paterno apologized for a tirade directed at Rutgers head coach Doug Graber at the end of a nationally televised game.

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21. Joe Paterno had one Heisman Trophy winner, John Cappelletti, who earned the award in 1973.

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22. Joe Paterno was promoted to associate coach, the top assistant, in June 1964, and when Engle announced his retirement in February 1966, Paterno was named his successor the next day.

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23. Joe Paterno played quarterback and cornerback for the Brown Bears, and he shares the career record for interceptions with Greg Parker at 14.

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24. Joe Paterno spent a year in the Army before being discharged in time to start the 1946 school year at Brown University where his tuition was paid by Busy Arnold.

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25. Joe Paterno spoke throughout his life with a marked Brooklyn accent.

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26. Joe Paterno was born December 21, 1926, in Brooklyn, New York, the son of Florence de LaSalle Cafiero, a homemaker, and Angelo Lafayette Paterno, a law clerk.

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27. Joe Paterno coached five undefeated teams that won major bowl games, and in 2007 he was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame as a coach.

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28. Joe Paterno was persuaded to do this by his college coach Rip Engle, who had taken over as Penn State's head coach.

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29. Joe Paterno had originally planned on going to law school, but he was instead hired in 1950 as an assistant football coach at Penn State.

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30. Joe Paterno was the head coach of the Penn State Nittany Lions from 1966 to 2011.

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