PSU news by
Penn State's student blog



Book Celebrating JoePa’s 400th Win Released

Here at Penn State, our athletic programs always preach one main message: success with honor. No person exemplifies this message more than Penn State’s long-time head football coach, Joe Paterno. Since being named the Nittany Lions’ head coach way back in 1966, JoePa’s teams have accumulated 401 victories and 24 bowl wins. A new book is being released that reiterates a theme we are familiar with: Joe Paterno is Penn State.

Captains’ Letters to Joe: Personal Reflections From The Captains Over The Years is a glimpse into the mind of past Penn State football captains. To commemorate the season of JoePa’s 400th victory, Penn State’s captains dating back to JoePa’s inaugural year as head coach in 1966, wrote letters to their coach and presented them as a gift at the 2010 State College Quarterback Club banquet.

The Penn State captains were asked to write a personal letter to Coach Paterno and reflect upon the impact he and Penn State made on their lives. The book’s website describes the book as a “window into the relationships and teachings of college football’s greatest coach.” Notable captains who contributed to the book include All-American and NFL great Jack Ham, Heisman Trophy winner John Cappelletti, All-American Kerry Collins, and Board of Trustees member Dr. David Joyner. More recent graduates Zach Mills, Michael Robinson, Paul Posluszny, A.Q. Shipley, and Darryl Clark. Here’s the full list.

Captains’ Letters to Joe is a project assembled by the Penn State Football Letterman’s Club. The project is now available to the public, with all proceeds going to the Penn State Football Letterman’s Club Scholarships, including one in the name of Joe and Sue Paterno. The scholarship, according to the book’s website, will “benefit a deserving athlete on the team that demonstrates need, academic excellence, and displays good citizenship.”

The book illustrates things that we, as fans, only hear about. Joe Paterno’s teachings have clearly impacted generations of players on and off the field, and now we will have a glimpse into the world of Penn State football.

The book is available exclusively online for a rather steep price of $39.95, but it goes towards a good cause. Check out their website for more details and follow them on Twitter @LettersToJoe.

About the Author

Sam Cooper

Sam is a senior originally from Newtown, PA who majors in print journalism and is a member of the John Curley Center for Sports Journalism. His athletic peak was age 11 so he decided to grow a beard and write about sports instead.


More by Sam

Mr. McGloin Goes to Washington

Former Penn State quarterback Matt McGloin was passed on in last weekend’s NFL Draft, but that does not mean his NFL dream has ended. On Tuesday, the Scranton signal caller announced that he would be participating in the Washington Redskins’ rookie mini-camp beginning on Thursday.

Senior Column: Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff, Things Have a Weird Way of Working Out

Maggie Lucas Adds Another Award to Her Trophy Case


Penn State Hockey Releases 2018-19 Roster

Brett Murray is no longer on the team after an uneventful tenure in Happy Valley that saw him score just one goal in 33 games.

Penn State Women’s Soccer Sophomores Start Season Strong

Penn State Women’s Soccer Beats Duquesne 6-0

Shea Moyer Lifts Penn State Women’s Soccer Past West Virginia 1-0

Penn State Women’s Soccer Poised For Strong 2018 Season

Student Life

Your Fall 2018 Sylly Week Playlist

Whether this is your first semester or last, welcome to Sylly Week.

While You Were Gone…

Involvement Fair Returns To HUB Lawn Syllabus Week

Plans Submitted For New KFC In State College

Developers have submitted preliminary land development plans to build a new KFC restaurant at 1780 S. Atherton St. in State College.

Join Onward State: Fall 2018 Application

Onward State is hiring for the fall semester and we’d love to have you join us.

While You Were Gone…

Here’s a roundup of what went on around Penn State during summer break.

Be the first to know

  • Top posts and the best Penn State stories

Thank you for subscribing.

Something went wrong.

What Changed In State College While You Were Away

With another summer in the books, here are all the changes to State College that happened while you were gone.

Send this to a friend