Joe Paterno Inducted Into Pennsylvania Sports Hall Of Fame
While the spotlight was on Penn State’s win over the Maryland Terrapins in Baltimore on Saturday, another big win happened a few miles up I-95 in King of Prussia. Legendary coach Joe Paterno was inducted into the Pennsylvania Sports Hall of Fame alongside 11 other sports icons.
“I think people are starting to see what the truth really is, and that’s what we’re fighting for,” Sue Paterno said to NBC Sports.
“We never lost him and never lost who he was,” she continued. “It’s nice to see the people recognizing what the truth is, and we’re getting there.”
“Joe Paterno is a guy who didn’t commit a crime and didn’t witness a crime, and when he was told of an allegation he reported it,” Jay Paterno added.
Joe Paterno’s accomplishments in athletics don’t need reintroduction, but re-reading them never gets old. His career head coaching record of 409-136-3 features the most wins by a Division I coach, and his teams won 24 of their 37 bowl appearances. His teams won two National Championships and three Big Ten Championships, all while upholding Paterno’s “success with honor” mantra. And arguably most important were his team’s accomplishments in the classroom, including an 87 percent graduation rate in 2011, according to Penn State News.
The other inductees into the Hall of Fame include two other Nittany Lions, quarterback Chuck Fusina and kicker Matt Bahr, who both played at Penn State from 1975-78.