Honors to Joe Paterno–A Storied Career!

Our Beloved Coach at Home

Oct. 29, 2011: Paterno passes Eddie Robinson to become the winningest head coach in Division 1 college football with his 409th win.

PSU beats Northwestern for Paterno’s 400th win

Nov. 6, 2010: Paterno nets his 400th career win with a 35-21 victory over Northwestern University.

Paterno enters Hall of Fame

Dec. 4, 2007: Paterno is inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame alongside Doug Flutie, Rex Kern, Chris Zorich and others.

Immortalizing Paterno

Nov. 2, 2001: A seven-foot-tall bronze statue of Paterno is unveiled in front of Beaver Stadium after he breaks “Bear” Bryant’s career record for wins by a college coach.

300 wins for JoePa

Sept. 12, 1998: Paterno wins his 300th game as head coach in a victory over Bowling Green.

Paterno’s generous gift

Jan. 17, 1998: Paterno donates $3.5 million to Penn State for various projects, including a library named in his honor.

Nittany Lions win the Rose Bowl

1994 season: The Lions beat Oregon in the Rose Bowl, and end the season 12-0, but have to settle for No. 2 to Nebraska.

PSU joins the Big 10

Sept. 5, 1993: Paterno leads the Nittany Lions to a victory over Minnesota during the team’s first game in the Big 10 Conference.

Lions win the Fiesta Bowl

Jan. 2, 1987: Paterno leads the team to a second national title, upsetting Miami 14-10 in the Fiesta Bowl. Paterno is named Sports Illustrated’s Sportsman of the Year for 1986.

Paterno sweetens career with first national championship

Jan. 1, 1983: Penn State beats Georgia, 27-33, in the Sugar Bowl to claim its first national title.

Paterno’s Heisman protege

1973 season: Paterno leads the Nittany Lions to their third unbeaten season, after which running back John Cappelletti earns the Heisman Trophy


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