With his bid for lieutenant governor over, Jay Paterno announced yesterday that he will release a book about his father on Sept. 1.
The book, titled “Paterno Legacy: Enduring Lessons from the Life and Death of My Father,” is available for preorder on Amazon.com and will contain a foreword from Nike founder and Paterno friend Phil Knight. It was No. 1 on Amazon’s best sellers list in books about American football at the time of this writing. The product description reads:
“This biography of Joe Paterno by his son Jay is an honest and touching look at the life and legacy of a beloved coaching legend. Jay Paterno paints a full picture of his father’s life and career as well as documenting that almost none of the horrific crimes that came to light in 2012 took place at Penn State. Jay Paterno clear-headedly confronts the events that happened with cool facts and with passion, demonstrating that this was just one more case of an innocent man convicted by the media for a crime in which he had no part. Noting that the scandal itself was but a short moment in Joe Paterno’s life and legacy, the book focuses on Paterno’s greatness as a father and grandfather, his actions as a miraculous coach to his players, and his skillful dealings with his assistant coaches. A memorial to one of the greatest coaches in college football history, the book also reveals insightful anecdotes from his son and coaching pupil.”
Jay Paterno was an assistant coach under Joe for 17 years, 12 of which were spent coaching quarterbacks. He also played quarterback for Penn State, winning a national championship in 1986 and graduating in 1990.