NFL  > General NFL  > The passing of Joe Paterno.
January 22, 2012, 10:32 AM
Say what you will about the guilty or not guilty. This man went out in a sad circumstance where his name will always be associated with the sickness of Jerry Sandusky. Though he made bad choices, I think Joe was a good man and wish his family well.
January 22, 2012  10:41 AM ET

I feel saddened by the loss of this great coach and my sincerest sympathy to his family. Joe was an icon in college football for over 40 years and it is unfortunate that his great career should end this way.

January 22, 2012  10:43 AM ET

Indeed it is sad Duke, cause Paterno was elevated to almost god-like status there in College town, and across the collegate world of sports. It seems unfair for a man whom gave so much to his community and to the kids that he was entrusted to coach and mentor, such a dark ending.
I wish all that knew and loved him better days ahead! At least he won't be drug any further down by all this madness and irresponsibilty.

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January 22, 2012  11:07 AM ET

Hero to zero.... as a country we thrive on it. It is very sad! The media is an abysmal representation of our society.

January 22, 2012  11:08 AM ET
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^^^This was an AP report. My mistake.

very lazy writers indeed!

January 22, 2012  11:12 AM ET
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I almost didn't post this here, but what the hell. This is the first paragraph of the article at SI.com. The author and the editor ought to be beaten.Joe Paterno, the longtime Penn State coach who won more games than anyone in major college football but was fired amid a child sex abuse scandal that scarred his reputation for winning with integrity, died Sunday. He was 85.Firstly, it's not a child sex scandal. Secondly, it isn't about Joe Paterno; it's about Jerry Sandusky raping boys. Lastly, after everything the man did, everything he gave to the kids that passed through his football program and to his beloved university, linking him in the first paragraph of an article announcing his death is absolutely unfair. Shame on SI for posting this.

That was the point I was making in the OP, Jack. Its a shame, but his name has been corupted by a sick individual and the media will forever link him to the so called "scandal".

It is up to the people who will remember him for who HE was to ignore anything media. If I am his family, I do not turn on the t.v. or open a paper for 2 months.

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January 22, 2012  11:22 AM ET
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Yeah, I was just sort of validating your point, I guess. There are going to be a great many things said about JoePa which are unfair, untrue or both.

This is another case of life being the tragedy with death being the end of evil. Only one can judge him now.

January 22, 2012  11:25 AM ET

Joe deserved a better fate than being told by telephone that he was fired after giving his life to the university and community. It was classless the way it was handled.

January 22, 2012  11:28 AM ET

agressive lung cancer is no joke, it brought my mom down in 3 months from the tiime she was diagnosed. Fast and brutal!

January 22, 2012  11:28 AM ET
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Joe deserved a better fate than being told by telephone that he was fired after giving his life to the university and community. It was classless the way it was handled.

I don't think that is even a thought in the minds right now.

January 22, 2012  11:30 AM ET
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agressive lung cancer is no joke, it brought my mom down in 3 months from the tiime she was diagnosed. Fast and brutal!

No kidding. It happened really fast. Though, as stated above, this whole situation more than likely fueled his fate.

January 22, 2012  11:34 AM ET
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No kidding. It happened really fast. Though, as stated above, this whole situation more than likely fueled his fate.

yeah, I said that in my first Sandusky thread, I predicted his passing before I knew about the cancer....Not that I am Psychic, I just knew at his age this kind of stress is deadly.

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January 22, 2012  11:46 AM ET
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I'm sure it is in the minds of his widow and children.

I doubt it.

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