There is no denying that former Wisconsin linebacker DeAndre Levy is not a fan of former Penn State head coach Joe Paterno. After all, Levy proclaimed the proudest moment of his college football career came when he broke the coach’s leg.
Levy didn’t back down from those comments after receiving criticism, either.
Instead, the linebacker doubled-down on his comments and confirmed his belief that Paterno was a “dirt bag.”
As you would expect, former Nittany Lions players aren’t very happy.
21 former Penn State football players, including Hall of Famer Franco Harris, sent a statement to the Detroit Free Press.
We find the recent statement by DeAndre Levy about Coach Paterno appalling, along with the silence that has accompanied it. To joyfully and proudly take credit for hurting a defenseless human being is sad, in and of itself. But, to couple this gleeful statement with a willful ignorance of the facts and circumstances surrounding our coach speaks to a complete lack of character and moral integrity on the part of Mr. Levy. Mr. Levy’s comments reflect poorly on him, his university, the Detroit Lions and the NFL, and are certainly deserving of vocal condemnation.
Also signing the statement was Jeff Bergstrom, Jeff Butya, Craig Cirbus, Tom Couch, Tom Donchez, Rudy Glocker, Brian Hand, Christian Marrone, Brian Masella, Bob Mrosko, Greg Murphy, John Nessel, Rick Nichols, Stephen Pitts, Joel Ramich, Mickey Schuler Sr., Brad Scovill, Brandon Short, Ray Tesner and Dan Wallace.
Former Paterno assistant Jim Caldwell also signed.
Unfortunately for the upset Nittany Lions, we doubt Levy cares what these former players have to say.