Joe Paterno on Character
For 59 years and 669 games through the 2008 college football season, Joe Paterno has passionately served the Penn State football program and his university with principle, distinction and success with honor. The 2008 season was Joe Paterno’s 43nd as head coach of the Nittany Lions, continuing an unprecedented stretch in American sports. In December 2007, Paterno was inducted into the National Football Foundation and College Football Hall of Fame. He is widely regarded as the most successful coach in the history of college football, on and off the field.
Gifts from Joe and wife Sue have endowed faculty positions and scholarships in the College of the Liberal Arts; the School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture; and supported the University Libraries (where a wing is named after his family).