More than 200 lettermen petition PSU to return Joe Paterno statue


STATE COLLEGE, Pa. -- More than 200 Penn State football lettermen petitioned the university Tuesday for the return of an iconic bronze Joe Paterno statue, which was removed in the summer of 2012 in the wake of the Jerry Sandusky child sex abuse case.

The former players and coaches, who span every decade since the 1950s, also made two other demands: return the wall that rested behind the statue and celebrated Penn State accomplishments, and issue a formal apology to Paterno's widow.

"Joe Paterno has been cast in a negative light," the letter writer, former tight end/punter Brian Masella, told ESPN, "and we're trying to correct that narrative. The university has ignored us over and over again."

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