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Paterno legacy : enduring lessons from the life and death of my father
Paterno, Jay.
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Publication Information:
Chicago, Illinois : Triumph Books, 2014.
Physical Description:
xxv, 358 pages, 16 unnumbered pages unnumbered plates : illustrations (mostly colored) ; 24 cm
"In this book Jay Paterno writes about this legendary father, Joe Paterno"--
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GV939.P37 P38 2014 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area
GV939.P37 P38 2014 Adult Non-Fiction Biography
GV939.P37 P38 2014 Adult Non-Fiction Biography

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This biography of Joe Paterno by his son Jay is an honest and touching look at the life and legacy of a beloved coaching legend. Jay Paterno paints a full picture of his father's life and career as well as documenting that almost none of the horrific crimes that came to light in 2012 took place at Penn State. Jay Paterno clear-headedly confronts the events that happened with cool facts and with passion, demonstrating that this was just one more case of an innocent man convicted by the media for a crime in which he had no part. Noting that the scandal itself was but a short moment in Joe Paterno's life and legacy, the book focuses on Paterno's greatness as a father and grandfather, his actions as a miraculous coach to his players, and his skillful dealings with his assistant coaches. A memorial to one of the greatest coaches in college football history, the book also reveals insightful anecdotes from his son and coaching pupil.

Author Notes

Jay Paterno is the son of Joe Paterno and was on Penn State's coaching staff for 17 seasons, 12 of which he served as the quarterback coach. He is a writer whose work has appeared in numerous publications, including the Centre Daily Times , the Penn Stater , and USA Today . His columns for have been cited by Sports Illustrated and ESPN. He lives in State College, Pennsylvania. Phil Knight is the cofounder and chairman of Nike, Inc. and one of America's most well-known entrepreneurs in the sporting world. Nike is the official athletic supplier of Penn State football's jerseys and shoes. He lives in Beaverton, Oregon.

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Booklist Review

Paterno aims to set the record straight regarding the tarnished legacy of his late father, the famed head coach of Penn State, Joe Paterno. Paterno's exploits as the winningest coach in NCAA history have been well documented, but his integrity took a hit (and many of his wins were removed) following the revelation that Jerry Sandusky, a former assistant coach, was a molester of children, a fact that, according to the Freeh report, Paterno (and others) concealed. The Paterno family regard the report as a self-serving rush to justice on the part of the Penn State Board of Trustees, lacking any substantive evidence and drawing baseless conclusions. According to the author, his father acted appropriately and responsibly. Paterno was a molder of men, a principled man who took the job of coaching as a sacred duty. Jay Paterno covers the media storm surrounding Sandusky's arrest and the subsequent firing of coach Paterno as well as his father's illness and death from lung cancer three months later. Also included are stories of the gridiron and lessons learned from the wisdom of the coach.--Segedin, Ben Copyright 2014 Booklist

Table of Contents

Phil Knight
Forewordp. xiii
Prologuep. xix
1 The Elephant in the Roomp. 1
2 First and Last Memoriesp. 11
3 My Father at Homep. 17
4 Crime and Punishmentp. 29
5 The Three Things We Didn't Talk About at Homep. 37
6 A GRANDfatherp. 43
7 The Asteriskp. 51
8 My Father, My Coachp. 57
9 Working for a Fatherp. 65
10 Molder of Menp. 79
11 It's Gotta Be the Shoesp. 97
12 The Walks Homep. 103
13 Make an Impact, Do Unto Othersp. 113
14 Hallowed Be Thy Namep. 121
15 Give Us This Dayp. 127
16 Politicsp. 135
17 It's How You Play the Gamep. 147
18 The Zen of Joe Paternop. 157
19 My Storyp. 163
20 Runaway Train Comingp. 167
21 Storm Cloudsp. 171
22 The Storm Hitsp. 175
23 Retirementp. 181
24 The Firing, Tempest, and Et Tu Brutep. 193
25 Survivor's Guiltp. 205
26 World Turned Upside Downp. 215
27 Up Against Itp. 225
28 The Final Hoursp. 227
29 A Public Mourningp. 235
30 Give Them No Tear!p. 245
31 The Stretch Runp. 251
32 2005 and Michael Robinsonp. 259
33 Vindicationp. 271
34 Tales from the Gridironp. 285
35 The Recruiting Trailp. 301
36 Frozen In Timep. 307
37 Where Is Rock Bottom?p. 313
38 Gimme Shelterp. 335
39 The Fight Backp. 341
Epilogue: Avalonp. 351
Acknowledgmentsp. 357