Originally posted on Dr. Saturday  |  Last updated 1/23/12

STATE COLLEGE, PA - NOVEMBER 7: Head coach Joe Paterno of the Penn State Nittany Lions stands on the field during warm-ups before a game against the Ohio State Buckeyes on November 7, 2009 at Beaver Stadium in State College, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Hunter Martin/Getty Images)
As colleagues and friends looked back on the life of former Penn State coach Joe Paterno, they did so with fondness. The events of the past two months that could have tarnished — and did in some eyes — Paterno's legacy, which included Paterno not going to authorities when he was told former defensive coordinator Jerry Sandusky was sexually abusing a young boy in the Penn State locker room showers, seemed to be nonexistent as those who knew him best — coaches and players — remembered a man who taught them about coaching, life and being a man. "Coach Paterno obviously did so many wonderful things for a number of years, not only with the success of his teams on the field but the number of lives he shaped," Wisconsin coach Bret Bielema said. "I hope people remember his lifetime achievements." Paterno was with Penn State for 62 years, 46 as the head coach, and amassed 409 wins, more than any other collegiate coach in history. And during each one of those years, Paterno influenced the li...
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