Whatever your opinion may be on Joe Paterno today, there is no denying he is one of the greatest football coaches in the history of the sport. Since he walked out of Beaver Stadium for the final time in 2011, he has not be officially recognized by Penn State, until this year.
Sept. 17 marks the 50th anniversary of Paterno’s first game with the Nittany Lions. The school announced that they will honor the coach at a special ceremony ahead of their game against the Temple Owls two weeks from Saturday.
Other than the athletic department saying the ceremony will be “commemorating the 50th anniversary of Coach Paterno’s first game as Penn State head coach,” there are no details of what exactly will happen prior to the game.
During his 46-year career with the Nittany Lions, Joe Paterno won a record 409 games and led the team to two national championships in 1982 and 1986 and three Big Ten titles in 1994, 2005 and 2008.