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10 Joe Paterno Quotes That Aren’t Inspiring Anymore

In light of the Freeh report that details how Joe Paterno ignored and allowed the child-raping crimes of his buddy Jerry Sandusky, these cherished bits of poignant JoePa wisdom either ring hollow or take on twisted meaning:


Success without honor is an unseasoned dish; it will satisfy your hunger, but it won’t taste good.

Publicity is like poison; it doesn’t hurt unless you swallow it.

The name on the front of the jersey is what really matters, not the name on the back.

The minute you think you’ve got it made, disaster is just around the corner.

People say to me, ‘Why don’t you give it up?’ … I don’t want to miss anything.

I want you kids to know how much we appreciate you. Have fun and behave.

If I had to do it over again, I’d probably play the game the same way.

Besides pride, loyalty, discipline, heart, and mind, confidence is the key to all the locks.

They ask me what I’d like written about me when I’m gone. I hope they write I made Penn State a better place, not just that I was a good football coach.


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