AP Report: Paterno Earns $13.4 Million Pension

In an AP report released this afternoon, it was revealed that Joe Paterno earned a $13.4 million state pension over the course of his 61-year career. The money will go to his widow Sue Paterno, who will receive a lump sum of $10.1 million by the end of this month, with the rest being paid out over the next two years.

This payment comes on top of the $5.5 million termination payment that Penn State has already agreed to pay the Paterno family. For a man who made just over a million dollars a year at the end — much less than other A-list college football coaches — perhaps it’s some small justice that his family will be compensated nearly $19 million.

Unsurprisingly, the Paterno family has already planned to donate $1.5 million of that sum to Penn State and State College-related initiatives and charities.

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Kevin Horne

Kevin Horne was the editor of Onward State from 2012-2014 and currently holds the position of Managing Editor Emeritus, which is a fake title he made up. He graduated from Penn State with degrees journalism and political science in 2014 and is currently seeking his J.D. at the Penn State Dickinson School of Law. A third generation Penn Stater from Williamsport, Pa., Kevin is also the president of the graduate student government. Email: [email protected]


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