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Joe Paterno injured at practice after collision

Posted on: August 8, 2011 3:14 pm
Edited on: August 8, 2011 3:35 pm
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Posted by Adam Jacobi

Scary news out of State College on Monday: Penn State head coach Joe Paterno has been hospitalized after getting run over by one of his players. Penn State announced that Paterno suffered injuries to his right arm and hip when unsuspecting wide receiver Devon Smith was running a route and ran into him. If there's any fortune involved, it's that Smith is scarcely bigger than Paterno, at 5'7" and 157 pounds. One shudders to think how much worse the collision would have been if Derek Moye (6'5", 202) had been the receiver involved instead.

Chris Fowler reported that Paterno's injuries are hairline fractures in both the shoulder and pelvis, and that neither will require surgery. That much is promising, but still: a broken bone is much worse news for Paterno than for, say, one of his players.

Now, it's not exactly news that Paterno is old. He's easily the oldest head coach in D-I football, and has been for a long time. People have been wondering if the next season would be his last for about the last decade or two. Old. Ollllld.

And yet, since Paterno's been maintaining his faculties to such a degree, continuing to coach football has been a possibility, so he's been coming back to the sidelines -- and coaching at a high level -- every year. Unfortunately, he's getting to the age where the body doesn't make much progress staying strong or healing quickly. There aren't many coaches other than, say, Pat Fitzgerald or Luke Fickell who can get trucked by an unsuspecting wide receiver and not get hurt. For an 84-year-old man, then, such a collision might be more than his body can fully recover from. And if that's the case, well, that'd be pretty lousy news.
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Since: Jul 17, 2009
Posted on: August 9, 2011 12:32 am
 

Joe Paterno injured at practice after collision

Joe is a GREAT HUMAN BEING. Most everyone knows that Paterno has had one of the truest / finest College Football Programs for over Sixty years. He was an assistant to the late Rip Engle. My Father was good friends with Rips Brother. I wrote to Joe the year that they beat Oregon in the Rosebowl. He replied and I felt his response was genuine. Although I never got to meet the man and both Rips brother and my Father have since passed away, but I always had great respect for the man that undoubtably will someday go down in history of one of the Greatest Coaches in any sport and or at any level. My All-Time Favorite coach is John Wooden but Paterno and Bill Walsh were quite special too me ! Keep going Joe, as long as you desire and can. You da MAN ! GET WELL !




Since: Jul 29, 2009
Posted on: August 9, 2011 12:00 am
 

Joe Paterno injured at practice after collision

Come on packback429; Joe Pa stealing a dude's girlfriend? Maybe back in the roaring 20's that was possible but the Penn State icon hanging on is truly selfish. Joe; quit holding the school hostage just because you're terrified of life without football.



Since: Sep 18, 2006
Posted on: August 8, 2011 11:26 pm
 

Joe Paterno injured at practice after collision

dynamos7 dude that's some cold stuff man, do you have some personal issues with Joe Paterno? Given your post, he must have stolen a girlfriend or killed a loved one or something like that...if not, you may want to look at reevaluating how you look at sports figures



Since: Aug 8, 2011
Posted on: August 8, 2011 11:25 pm
 

Joe Paterno injured at practice after collision

I don't understand how he does it, Urban Meyer was in 40's and he got so stressed he had to quit and an 80 year old man can coach and be fine until a football player runs into him.



Since: Mar 3, 2009
Posted on: August 8, 2011 11:17 pm
 

Joe Paterno injured at practice after collision




Since: Mar 3, 2009
Posted on: August 8, 2011 11:16 pm
 

Joe Paterno injured at practice after collision

how does one earn the "ability" to coach for as long as he wants? who are you to say that?  the university doesn't owe him a thing!  he's been the highest paid pennsylvania employee for years! he a selfish old man, afraid to die, well joe evenyou can't dodge that!!! when the Lord calls joe, your going , like it or not!



Since: Oct 14, 2008
Posted on: August 8, 2011 11:11 pm
 

Joe Paterno injured at practice after collision

I find this article to be somewhat disrespectful and distasteful. Get well soon Joe Pa. You're definitely one of my favorite coaches of all-time; a true living legend. 



Since: Dec 31, 2006
Posted on: August 8, 2011 11:11 pm
 

Joe Paterno injured at practice after collision

Joe has earned the ability to coach as long as he wants.  He put Penn State on the map and has brought many people in Pennsylvania enjoyment, excitement and National Championships.  I am sure at this point, most of the everyday activities are perfomed by others while Joe serves as the the de facto head. 

He does need to avoid the action however.  I was in Madison several years ago when he was hit on the sideline and needed to be carted off the field.  It seams like this incident is more of the same.  I just think it is a guy with challenged relfexes who was in the wrong place at the wrong time.  Get well Joe and may you coach for as long as you like!!!!



Since: Mar 3, 2009
Posted on: August 8, 2011 11:07 pm
 

Joe Paterno injured at practice after collision

very interesting that you gave his reord for the last 5 years!  the five previous years he was 26-33, zero bowl wins!!! onlt went to 1 bowl and lost!!! you DUDES wanted to run him out of town then, so don't praise this idiot, its time to go!!!!



Since: Mar 3, 2009
Posted on: August 8, 2011 11:07 pm
 

Joe Paterno injured at practice after collision

very interesting that you gave his reord for the last 5 years!  the five previous years he was 26-33, zero bowl wins!!! onlt went to 1 bowl and lost!!! you DUDES wanted to run him out of town then, so don't praise this idiot, its time to go!!!!


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