Joe Paterno, the man, died last night after a short battle with cancer.
JoPa, the legend, died last November amid revelations that he did little when confronted with allegations that one of his long time coaches had molested a child in the Penn State football showers.
How do we reconcile the man with the legend?
Many say that we put too much stock in our sports figures. But if any person seemed worthy of admiration it was Joe Paterno.
Maybe he started to believe his own press. Surely the excuses he gave for his inaction during his final interview were embarrassing. He certainly wouldn’t have accepted lame excuses from one of his players.
Today we’ll we hear from his former players, many of whom credit Coach Paterno with being major reason for their success.
Let’s honor man while remembering that we’ve learned he’s not quite worthy of being a legend.