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ORLANDO, FL - JANUARY 1: Head coach Joe Paterno of the Penn State Nittany Lions leaves the field following the 2010 Capital One Bowl against the LSU Tigers at the Florida Citrus Bowl Stadium on January 1, 2010 in Orlando, Florida. Penn State won 19-17. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)
TIMELINE Dec. 21, 1926: Joseph Vincent Paterno is born in Brooklyn. He grows up in the Flatbush section of Brooklyn, playing football and basketball at Brooklyn Prep, a Jesuit-run high school, and studies the classics, which he said taught him the importance of being committed to an ideal. 1946: Enters Brown University in 1946, playing quarterback and defensive back and majoring in English. He sets a school record with 14 career interceptions. 1950: Declines a chance to attend Boston University Law School after graduating Brown and follows Rip Engle, Brown's head football coach, to coach Penn State. Paterno goes with him to coach the quarterbacks. 1963: Declines an offer from the late Al Davis - $18,000, triple his salary at Penn State, plus a car - to become general manager and coach of the AFL's Oakland Raiders. 1966: Takes over as head coach at Penn State. 1967: Penn State begins a 30-0-1 streak, but is not No. 1 at any point. The Lions finish second in 1968 and 1969 despi...
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