Originally written January 22, 2012 on Nittany Lines:
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Joe Paterno did more for Penn State University -- and in so doing hundreds of thousands of students -- than anyone in its 157-year history. (For coverage of his death, click here.) JoePa was all about helping students -- athletes and nonathletes -- and not necessarily himself. You see it in his underpaid salary, his insistence that his players graduate, in his personal $5 million in donations (including $100,000 just last month) to the university, his efforts in helping to raise almost another $2 billion for the university and you see it at the very end, when he died from lung cancer and, as many have said, a broken heart. At the end, he had told his family, he did not wish for physicians to take extraordinary means to keep him alive. Joe Paterno, a great man, is gone. For a tribute column, click here.
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