Ahead of today’s game against the Temple Owls, the Penn State Nittany Lions honored the 50th anniversary of former head coach Joe Paterno’s first game. This brought opinions from both sides of the coin, but it seems there are a number of fans and former players wanted to commemorate the former coach.
Paterno’s statue on campus has since been taken down because of his involvement in the Jerry Sandusky sex abuse scandal. The fans created a memorial for the coach outside Beaver Stadium and former players Franco Harris and Lydell Mitchell were in attendance.
Scenes from the former site of the Joe Paterno statue. Bricks represent the players' wall that was removed. pic.twitter.com/uZQlFJQKRn
— Mark Wogenrich (@MarkWogenrich) September 17, 2016
A makeshift memorial has been erected at the former location of the Joe Paterno statue. Franco Harris here for pics. pic.twitter.com/c81ZqKdd6C
— Karisa Maxwell (@KarisaMaxwell) September 17, 2016
“In one way or another, Joe Paterno had an impact on all of our lives. As I lay down this brick, it is a testament to the culture that Joe laid down for us,” Harris said at the tribute. “The lessons he taught us were for each of us to embrace in our own time and in our own way.”
The Nittany Lions currently lead the Owls 21-7 on Big Ten Network.
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