Joe Paterno was the head coach of the Penn State football team for 46 years. Nicknamed "JoePa" he became an iconic character around the campus and in the sports world. Paterno passed away on January 22, 2012.
When Lyndon Johnson became President of the U.S., Joe Paterno became head coach of Penn State.
Even though Joe coached her father and brother, Hillary Rodham Clinton's brother, Joe did not attend Hillary's 2008 Presidential campaign stop at Penn State University becasue he is a proud Republican.
Joe Paterno is a devout Republican.
In 1950, Joe Paterno join the Penn State staff as an assistant to Rip Engle.
Joe Paterno's first bowl win was against Kansas.
With the 1995 Rose Bowl win, Joe Paterno became the first coach to win the Rose, Cotton, Sugar, and Orange Bowls and the winningest bowl coach in college football history.
In 1983, Coach Paterno shocked the fashion sensibilities of Penn State fans by wearing pants with whales on them.
During past football seasons, Joe Paterno woul do a weekly television show on Public Broadcasting called "TV Quaterbacks".
Penn State won only 3 Bowl Games before Joe Paterno started coaching.
At Brown, Paterno was in the fraternity "DKE".
Joe's first Big Ten game with Penn State was against Minnesota.
Joe's first win at Penn State was against Maryland.
Joe Paterno once coached Bob Bassett, a college football official.
Since Joe Paterno started coaching Penn State has missed only 8 bowls!
In 2005, before the Penn State vs. Ohio State game, Joe bought pizzas for everyone at Paternoville!
Paternoville was named after Joe Paterno in honor of him.
Since Joe took over as head coach in 1966, There have been 817 head coaching changes among Division I-A programs. That's an average of more than 6 changes per program!
Since Joe took over as the head coach in 1966, Penn State has produced 74 first-team All-Americans.
Joe turned down an offer to become the head coach of the Pittsburgh Steelers in 1969. He also turned down an offer to coach the The New England Patriots in 1972. The Patriots offer included a percentage ownership position with the franchise.
Joe was voted into the College Football Hall of Fame on May 16, 2006.
Joe has won numerous coaching awards:
The Home Depot Coach of the Year Award: 2005
Amos Alonzo Stagg Award: 2002
Paul "Bear" Bryant Award: 1978, 1982, and 1986
Walter Camp Coach of the Year: 1972, 1994, and 2005
Bobby Dodd Coach of the Year Award: 1981, 2005
Joe has a 23-10-1 record in bowl games which is an NCAA record.
Joe is a personal friend of former President George H.W. Bush.
Joe is against gambling on college sports and believes they should put a stop to legal gambling on college sports Nevada.
Joe has won 22 bowl games, lose 10 bowl games, and tied 1 bowl games.
On May 16, 2006 Joe was elected to the College Football Hall of Fame.
Joe has won the Sugar Bowl in 1972, 1975, 1978, and 1982.
Joe won the National Championship twice.
Joe won the Big-Ten Championship two times.
Joe is the second all-time winning coach.
Joe has won 363 games, lose 121 games, and tied 3 games.
Joe won the 1981 Bobby Dodd Coach of the Year.
Joe won the Orange Bowl in 1968, 1969, 1973, 1985, and 2005.
Joe won the Gator Bowl in 1967 and 1976.
Joe won the 1986 SI Sportsman of the Year.
As of the 2007 season Joe Paterno is still coaching and it is uncertain when he will retire.
His son is a coordinator for the Penn State Nittany Lions which is the team he coaches.
Joe Paterno is married and has children.
He is second on the most wins all-time list to Bobby Bowden, whom, he defeated in the 2006 Orange Bowl.
He coached Penn State to the Orange Bowl and only one loss that whole 2005-2006 season.
He led the Penn State Nittany Lions to the Orange Bowl and won it against Florida State in the 2005-2006 season.
Won his first career National Title in 1982 beating Georgia.
His nickname is JoePa.
In his 42 year career as Penn State's head coach he has led them to 5 undefeated seasons.
He has coached the Penn State football team for 55 seasons straight and is still coaching.
He is the only coach to win the Orange, Rose, Sugar, and Fiesta bowl.
Played college football for Brown University and got 13 career interceptions.
Graduated College at Brown University.
He is the head coach of Penn State's football team.
"He can't run, and he can't pass; all he can do is think and win."
Joe: Besides pride, loyalty, discipline, heart, and mind, confidence is the key to all the locks.
Joe: You need to play with supreme confidence, or else you'll lose again, and then losing becomes a habit.
Joe: The minute you think you've got it made, disaster is just around the corner.
(On Win #324)
Joe: I can't put into words what this football team, this town, this University mean to me. I've had the greatest 52 years anyone has the right to expect.
Joe: Penn State has been very good to both Sue and me. We have met some wonderful people here, we've known many students who have gone on to become outstanding leaders in their professions and in society, and all of our children have received a first-class education here. I've never felt better about Penn State and its future potential than I do right now. Sue and I want to do all we can to help the University reach that potential.
(Addressing his team the night before a game against Notre Dame in South Bend, 1982)
Joe: You're going to hear all about Notre Dame Tradition, and you know what? It doesn't mean a thing unless Knute Rockne leaps out of the ground and tackles you. When you put those black shoes on tomorrow, and you put on that jersey without your name on the back, and you put that plain helmet on, that's tradition. Penn State tradition!
Joe: Believe deep down in your heart that you're destined to do great things.
Joe: Publicity is like poison; it doesn't hurt unless you swallow it.
Joe: Its the name on the front of the jersey that matters most, not the one on the back.
Joe Paterno: When a team outgrows individual performance and learns team confidence, excellence becomes a reality.
Joe Paterno: Losing a game is heartbreaking. Losing your sense of excellence or worth is a tragedy.
Joe Paterno: Success without honor is an unseasoned dish; it will satisfy your hunger, but it won't taste good.
Joe Paterno: The will to win is important, but the will to prepare is vital.