Those who knew him or followed him understand what Coach Paterno represents. His legacy is not limited to athletics, but rather an entire university, town and Penn State community that stretches across the globe. He has become a symbol for doing things the right way and focusing on what truly matters, and no matter what has happened, there is nothing anyone can do to erase this, no matter how hard some may try.
His true legacy comes from his family, his former players, and the millions of lives he positively impacted, whether they are connected to Penn State, are from Pennsylvania, or simply grew to love all that he stood for.
Although he is no longer with is, we know that his place in history is forever secure. Today, we would like to remind everyone of his final message to his final team after 61 years of “Success with Honor”. Even in the face of great adversity, he stood tall and reminded his players:
We’re a team, alright?
We’ll always, always…
We will always be a team.
Not just now,
Not just next year,
It’s not over.
We will always be…
The Penn State Football Program.
May you R.I.P coach.