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Al Golden reflects on former mentor Joe Paterno

Posted on: January 23, 2012 10:47 am
Edited on: January 23, 2012 10:49 am
Posted by Chip Patterson

Of all the coaches in the ACC, few were impacted by the career of Joe Paterno quite like Miami head coach Al Golden. Golden suited up at tight end for Penn State for three seasons (1989-1991), serving as team captain his senior year.

While often connected with the Penn State head coaching job throughout the season, Golden has made his home in Miami while maintaining a public respect of Paterno and his alma mater. On Monday morning Golden took to Twitter to offer words in response to Joe Paterno's passing.

@GoldenAl: Walter Payton once said, "Always remember that every opportunity you have to meet someone is an opportunity to leave a piece of yourself."

@GoldenAl: Joe Paterno not only fulfilled a promise he made to his father by making an impact, he left an indelible piece of himself with everyone he touched.

@GoldenAl: The values Coach Paterno instilled in each of us fortunate enough to play for or work alongside him will never be diminished.

@GoldenAl: They are manifested in our leadership, character, class and dedication to improving the lives of others in the classroom, workforce, and community.

@GoldenAl: They are distinctly evident in the way we raise our children and the types of husbands and fathers we have grown to be.

@GoldenAl: I am forever grateful for the impact that Joseph Vincent Paterno has made on my life and I am not ashamed to say to Coach and his family…

@GoldenAl: that the way of your former players will carry your legacy forward is by humbly improving the lives of those we touch every day. #ThankUJoe!

Golden senior season with the Nittany Lions was one of the most successful in the last two decades of Joe Paterno's career. Penn State finished the season with an 11-2 record, Fiesta Bowl win, and No. 3 ranking in the final AP poll. Only Paterno's undefeated 1994 campaign resulted in a better national finish for Penn State after Golden's graduation.

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Since: Aug 13, 2007
Posted on: February 14, 2012 8:55 pm

Al Golden reflects on former mentor Joe Paterno

you are correct sir.   i wonder how many of the poeople that trashed JOE PA even knew him or played for him.    i met him in 1984 in knoxville at a high school basketball game when he was recruiting leroy thompson  (running back  #1 rated in the country).  i sat with him.  i had a chance to go to penn state for baseball and hockey in 1977 and decided to go to IONA COLLEGE instead because penn st only had a club hockey team.   do you realize after 5 minutes with him he remembered me.  he knew i went somewhere else and the first thing this man asked me was  DID YOU GRADUATE FROM COLLEGE (I DID).  he shook my hand and wished me well.  he then left and went to the thompson kids house after the game to play cards with leroy thompson's mother and that was the main reason leroy thompson (he talked about education and about his life in knoxville with his mom) went to penn st and had a pretty good career along with the steelers in the NFL.

great man and i was proud to know him briefly.   i started liking penn state in 1968 at the gator bowl with my dad.   i will always love penn state because of coach paterno.   i did not even go there but will always be my favorite program.   i will go to my grave thinking that  JOE PA did not  know all that went on.   he felt at the time he did enough until he realized later he did not do enough.    god forgave him the second he went home,  so can i.    The man died of a broken heart and the media basically killed him.     joe pa will always be dear to me

Since: Jan 23, 2012
Posted on: January 23, 2012 10:29 pm

Al Golden reflects on former mentor Joe Paterno

Amen, kneesrgone2.  It's the difference between those who
know what they're talking about and those who don't.

Since: Nov 25, 2010
Posted on: January 23, 2012 3:06 pm

Al Golden reflects on former mentor Joe Paterno

It's funny how the people who actually knew and played for Joe Paterno have nothing but good things to say about him. But those who did not know the man, no, never even met the man, have villified and denounced him. Food for thought.

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