I've been critical of all those involved including joe, but those who fired him did so without any thought, remorse or wisdom, and they are all still employed and alive. Joe is THE only one who took any ownership of the situation.
From what I saw yesterday and all I've heard and known over the years, Joe had greater successes off the football field than on. Few people know of all the contributions he and Sue made. I'm not just talking about what we know of, the Paterno Library, the endowments, the yearly gifts. He was a man, he had flaws and he made mistakes, but he also advanced the cause of quality education and opportunity for all perhaps further than any one else.
I watched the entire thing and am not ashamed to admit that I had tears in my eyes. I don't know how anyone could watch that and not be moved by it.
Someone said it on here very well the other day. "I have much more respect for Joe than I do for those who judged him without having all the facts." I do not have the facts on the Sandusky case, but it is clearly evident the impact that Joe had on a multitude of people. Few of us will have people from 5 different continents attend our funerals. And I doubt that they came just for something to do...RIP Joe.
I wish I could shake this guy's hand for how well he spoke at the memorial service. I realize I am just a little guy from Bellefonte and would never meet such a man with the money he has, but if I did I would gratefully shake his hand and pat him on his back.
If he did nothing else in his life, he did the best that moment in time for Joe and the rest of the world!
God bless you Phil for that!
Not one of the eulogizers didn't sound sincere about their thoughts and feeling for Joe.
Jays speech impressed me, I always thought he was riding on Daddy's coat tails.
I thought Arrington would have been one of the speakers.
To win 409 games and have 250 of your players go on to the pros you can't argue the man knew football.
I have developed a new respect for Jay Paterno. Very intellegent and well spoken. I guess the apple didn't fall far from the tree.
I work in Jay's neighborhood all the time and have never even seen him. I did have a few words with Joe back in Late July. he was mentally and physically very sharp. That was before the practice collision that broke his pelvis, and of course the lung cancer.
I too gained new respect for Jay Paterno. The whole memorial service was very well done.
My family and I made the trip up from Harrisburg today to pay our respects to JoePA. I am a 2010 graduate from PSU, and my sister will be graduating this spring. I had viewed the pictures of JoePA's statue online with all of the momentous people have left, but it just does not do it justice unless you see it in person. It was quite a scene, something I will surely not forget.
I am a retiree from PSU. During my employment there I had both the pleasure and curse of being ,at times, around Joe.I had see him when he was joy to be with, and at times when I wanted to be as far away as possible, along with everything in between. As a football coach there was none equal, and from the eulogies that were give a very caring man, but he was a human being, not much different from you or me. I have stated that I felt he needed to retire, and take on the role as a mentor to his successor, I still feel this way, and wish it would of happened. He will be missed in the coming years, and I will always have good thoughts of him. I also will always have the team hat, unworn, from the 2006 season that he gave me the day I retired.
I too have developed a new respect for Jay Paterno, after his eulogy. I don't think anyone wrote it for him, too much was stated from the heart, as son would to a departed father.