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NFL weighs in on Joe Paterno's passing

Posted on: January 22, 2012 11:20 am
Edited on: January 22, 2012 4:57 pm
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By Ryan Wilson

Legendary Penn State football coach Joe Paterno died Sunday morning. Below are reactions to Paterno's passing from NFL players, coaches, media, alumni and others connected to the league.

(You can follow this story as it develops here. See what Paterno's former players are saying here.)

Family statement on Joe Paterno, "He died as he lived. He fought hard until the end." -
1/22/12 10:36 AM

Joe Paterno's former players respond to news of his death on Twitter -
1/22/12 11:33 AM

Sad it ended like this for Joe Paterno. Condolences to his family.
1/22/12 11:50 AM

Bill O'Brien Statement on the Passing of Joe Paterno:
1/22/12 11:12 AM

Thanks Joe! Thank You! We are!
1/22/12 10:43 AM

More Posluszny: "Coach Paterno was not only one of the greatest coaches in any sport but he was a great man who did things the right way."
1/22/12 11:26 AM

theking1 (Justin King, Rams CB)
R.I.P Joe..thank you for helping shape me into man I am today..will always be missed..
1/22/12 10:31 AM

Reports say Joe Pa has passed and even history may say this day,but he died when they removed him as coach.I believe it was his reason 2live
1/22/12 10:39 AM

Bear Bryant died on Jan. 26, 1983, 28 days after his last game. Joe Paterno died on Jan. 22, 2012, 92 days after his last game.
1/22/12 11:41 AM

So sad to hear the news of Joe Pa's passing! What an impact he made on college football! Many prayers for the family
1/22/12 10:38 AM

Rip to Joe paterno. His Family and friends are in our prayers.
1/22/12 10:38 AM

It's crazy how ppl bringing up the scandal....respect that man 4 his accomplishments! #RIPJoePa
1/22/12 10:38 AM

R.I.P Joe Paterno many years at high success.. Legacy leads on!! Sendin my prayers to all friends an fam of the Paterno's
1/22/12 11:42 AM

RIP Joe Paterno. My daddy -Distinguished Alumni of PSU- was your biggest fan and supporter...I think my first words were "Joe Pa" ...
1/22/12 10:54 AM

RT @paulafaris R.I.P. Joe Paterno. Former PSU player Matt Millen just said on ESPN he probably died of a "broken heart".
1/22/12 10:51 AM

In talking to former PSU players re Paterno, all had expectation of a sharp decline once PSU football was no longer part of his life.
1/22/12 11:23 AM

R.I.P. Joe Paterno Joe Paterno has coached over 350 players who have signed contracts in the NFL.
1/22/12 11:04 AM

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Since: Nov 4, 2007
Posted on: January 24, 2012 8:47 am

NFL weighs in on Joe Paterno's passing

Hey Gold and Black... I'm with you on the over-sized font............but.........

Did you happen to take the time to read it?  It was well written and very true in my opinion.  Take a step back.  Are you, by chance, from the great state of Pennsylvania?

Since: Feb 10, 2008
Posted on: January 24, 2012 1:02 am

NFL weighs in on Joe Paterno's passing

RIP Joe Pa, Godspeed. Despite all the internet haters, including the moron from Fla who thinks he's better than the rest of us because he can use a bigger font, the truly enightened among us who know your contributions and sacrafices pay our respects.

Since: Nov 4, 2007
Posted on: January 23, 2012 8:57 pm

NFL weighs in on Joe Paterno's passing

As a victim of sexual abuse at 10 by a doctor, and rape at 13 by a pastor, I shed no tears for a man in a position of such power and authority that could have done something that would have prevented so many more victims, and could have gotten the help for those that were already abused.

He was a football coach.  Big freaking deal.  He didn't cure cancer or win the Nobel prize or stop world hunger or help the world in any way. 

I wish death on nobody, and I am sorry for his family, but I couldn't give a dick about him.

Since: Nov 12, 2009
Posted on: January 23, 2012 5:01 pm

NFL weighs in on Joe Paterno's passing

It's crazy how ppl bringing up the scandal....respect that man 4 his accomplishments! #RIPJoePa

Damien.... so you are saying that if YOUR children were molested by grown would be okay as long as they were good football coaches ???  This makes me wonder about the insane world that overlooks murder and rape as long as the players and coaches can win sports games and superbowls.

Since: Jul 3, 2010
Posted on: January 23, 2012 4:27 am

NFL weighs in on Joe Paterno's passing

Looking at this a bystander...who could care less about college football (it's just a game).....I believe that the people against the legacy have the correct stance on this issue.  You cannot sit and remain quiet if you have knowledge of a "possible situation of wrong doing" taking place or it's probable relativity to real time as a possible constant occurrence.  The bottom line is that is a preventable perverted situation that should have been addressed immediately...and without any thought of measure.  You do not turn a cheek to the matter.  You take action and that makes you a man, a woman of great measure.  He was a coach and he worked for a large school that had the means to create a constant winner THAT INVOLVED MANY PEOPLE WHO CONTRIBUTUED to that success.  If he had knowledge of something going on 10 years ago even 20 years ago then that is a messed-up deal....escpecially if he admitted to having some sort of knowledge.  That is really messed up and sorta makes the person possibly includable in a conspiracy theory.  That is the bottom line.  Is the issue of love between two men?  It is just a job, we spend, spend, spend - create an indebtness to the rich and then become a slave to the system.  The person should have been terminated and questioned by the legal system....IF NOT then all sorts of HELL can breakout over this issue.  No person should be so invloved in an employment situation that they feel thay are not expendable.  I certainly do not.  I take the lead in my department and NO ONE one cares how much I work off the clock or what I do, have done or possibly could do for the company.  I feel that I should have some sense of "security" with my employment with this employer, but I cannot....I feel like I could be spit out of the system at any point because I am just a number in the end....a possible $30K in savings to a business.  That is life.  You do wrong or you do right....NO ONE CARES.  Paterno was a great coach who had great players, but he was not so entwined with the position that he could not be terminated and he was, in a very, fairly swift manner.  NO ONE CARES.  Life is what you make of it and what you have as dreams, desires and ambitions.  Do not lose focus of those ideals and you should come out alright in the end, but certainly do no try to conceal things that could have or possible could - hurt someone, be hurtful....then my firned you are part of the issue and look at Virginia Tech....they picked on him and in the end they paid the price for their actions; was it justifiable - of course not, but do not mess with the bull, you may get the horns.

Since: Sep 13, 2009
Posted on: January 23, 2012 1:25 am

NFL weighs in on Joe Paterno's passing

So when you die at 85 and have 46 years of achievements and legacy to leave behind, all you're going to want people to say about you is "dude was 85, get over it"? Stop being ignorant.

Since: May 11, 2007
Posted on: January 22, 2012 11:06 pm

NFL weighs in on Joe Paterno's passing

Listen to merockingvoluntee .There were many and I mean many men whowere great and were over 85.The NFL has the right to weigh in on Joe's death.He did a very lot of great things at Penn State,he helped a lot of Kids and put them on the right track.So you get ready to watch your football game and dont bother to write anything about great men.From what you write you dont have the right to.

Since: Jul 21, 2007
Posted on: January 22, 2012 10:42 pm

NFL weighs in on Joe Paterno's passing

I certainly don't hate Joe Paterno, however, I suspect the misconduct of one of his coaches will forever taint whatever he accomplished in college football. I see some people here suggest this as one mistake in a lifetime of work. Yes, that's true, it's one mistake. Still, I wonder if this coach had ruined their son's life, would they feel the same way about Joe Paterno? I don't think he did enough to get that monster out of his locker room, and like it or not, many will view that one mistake as an extremely big one.

Since: Aug 13, 2007
Posted on: January 22, 2012 10:02 pm

NFL weighs in on Joe Paterno's passing

ebony rod 2     &nbs
p; thanks for your gracious comments.   he was a hero to me ever since i got to meet him with my dad at a shriners convention in jacksonville.   my dad took me to the gator bowl against florida state  that same year  68-69.     i met him and penn state became my favorite team of all time.   oh i almost forgot,  i attended penn state on a baseball scholarship.  i had several offers to good D-1 teams but went to penn state and he was always a great baseball fan at penn state.   my dad and him are now discussing next years team togeteher.    thanks for the gracious comments. 

Since: Dec 13, 2007
Posted on: January 22, 2012 8:14 pm

NFL weighs in on Joe Paterno's passing

He's not in the same state as Eagles fans, Stupid. 
Wow dude.  I really REALLY hope you're kidding.

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