Joe Paterno dies at 85

Posted: Sun, 1/22, 9:51am, Updated: 2 years ago

Joe Paterno, the longtime coach of the Penn State Nittany Lions, died on Sunday. He was 85.

Paterno had a string of medical complications since his release from Penn State. His son, Scott Paterno, announced on Nov. 18 that his father was being treated for lung cancer. A few weeks after, Paterno broke his pelvis after a fall, but did not require surgery.

He had been in the hospital since Jan. 13 for what his family called minor complications from his cancer treatments, the Huffington Post reported.

The man known as "JoePa" won more games than anyone in major college football (409), but was fired amid a child sex-abuse scandal that tainted the reputation of him and the program he built on the mantra – "Success with Honor."

The coach was individually criticized for not reporting a 2002 allegation against Jerry Sandusky to the police.

Paterno committed 61 years of his life to the Penn State football program — 46 seasons as a head coach.

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