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Joe Paterno Facts

Former college football coach, former head coach of Penn State Nittany Lions

  • Joe Paterno is popularly called "JoePa"
  • He holds the most victories by an FBS football coach with 409
  • Peterno was born December 21, 1926 in Brooklyn, New York, USA
  • Paterno's family is of Italian ancestry
  • Paterno attended the Brown University after serving a year in Army. He graduated with the Brown University Class of 1950
  • Joe Paterno was a member of Delta Kappa Epsilon fraternity
  • Paterno earlier played as quaterback and cornerback
  • Paterno coached five undefeated teams that won major bowl games
  • Paterno was fired from the position of head coach of Penn State Nittany Lions in conjunction with Jerry Sandusky child sexual abuse scandal
  • Paterno received many awards in his career. He was the Sports Illustrated Sportsman of the Year in 1986
  • He won the AFCA Coach of the Year award in 1968, 1978, 1982, 1986 and 2005
  • He won the Associate Press College Football Coach of the Year award in 2005
  • He retired on November 8, 2011
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