Originally posted on Nittany Lions Den  |  Last updated 1/27/12

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)
Thursday was a time to reflect on the many positives left behind by Joe Paterno as more than 12,000 fans, alums, family and former players gathered to honor the man we all called Joe Pa. It was a magnificent ceremony from start to finish. From the speeches by former players such as Charlie Pittman and Michael Robinson to the remarks by students who benefited from Paterno's efforts that few of us ever knew about, to the stirring vocal support offered by Nike founder Phil Knight and the emotional closing remarks by Joseph Vincent Paterno Jr., who we know more commonly as Jay Paterno, and the playing of Hail to The Lion by a single Blue Band trumpet, it all seemed fitting for a man who never wished to be the center of attention. While we recognize that Paterno leaves us all with a stain on his legacy we also remember that stains can fade and will never be enough to let us forget how much good he has done. Now, with the deserved honors paid the Paterno family will look to move forwar...
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