Passing of an Era

We learned this weekend of the passing of a FOOTBALL LEGEND.  Coach Joe Paterno of PENN STATE.

A man seeking to do the best job he could to lead young men in the sport that he so dearly loved.  This he did for more than 4 decades.  Winning on the field was important.  But he left his players knowing the real winning came off the field.  The real winning was in how they lived their lives and the contributions made to society.   Somebody told me they thought he had over 400 players go on to the pro ranks. Plus such a long line of records I won’t bother to go into them here.  Most college football fans know these; well.

A man of his credentials could easily have found a job coaching a Professional team and earned a lot more money.  But he loved to work with the young men preparing them for life. He loved Penn State.  In fact I believe it was once reported he donated more than 4 million dollars to his employer,, Penn State.  That is not just loyalty; that is LOVE.

So let us salute Joe Paterno with the deepest respect for his lifetime of effort forming a lifetime of goodwill and fair play on the field of football and life.

You will be missed.

That Is How I see It.

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