In today’s college football world, it’s unusual for a head coach to stay with a program for more than about five years, and that makes Joe Paterno’s nearly 60-year tenure at Penn State truly remarkable. Still going strong in his 80s, “JoePa” is the winningest coach in major college football history and he just keeps adding to his total. What makes his streak all the more impressive is the fact that almost all of his players actually graduate and the Penn State football program has never been in trouble with the NCAA.
A native of Brooklyn, New York, Paterno played quarterback and defensive back at Brown University in the 1940s before taking an assistant coaching job at Penn State in 1950 and then later becoming the head coach. In his many decades at Penn State, Paterno has led the Nittany Lions to 22 bowl victories (an all-time record) and two national championships. And while some fans started to suggest he retire after a couple of tough seasons in 2003 and 2004, Penn State stormed back to prominence in 2005 with an 11-1 record, a Big 10 title and a victory in the Orange Bowl. There will simply never be another coach like Joe Paterno ever again.
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**Joe Paterno Speaker**
Perhaps the most famous Joe Paterno speaker appearance had nothing to do with football – at the 1988 Republican National Convention there was a Joe Paterno speech to endorse his close friend George H.W. Bush. That proves the power of a Joe Paterno speaking engagement.
**Joe Paterno Appearance**
In addition to all the Joe Paterno appearances for the Penn State football program, he frequently supports the academic programs at the university through fundraising and scholarships.
**Joe Paterno Endorsement**
The numerous Joe Paterno endorsements over the years even include an ice cream flavor named in his honor, Peachy Paterno, which is made by a local ice cream company.
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