“Sharon and I are pained by the loss of Joe Paterno,” the release said. “He and his wife, Sue, were dear friends and genuinely caring people. Joe’s passion for helping others exceeded even his unparalleled successes on the field. He gave of himself for his state, his community, his university and those within his program. He has and will continue to impact, in a most positive way, the lives of thousands of young men as well as thousands of us who are not so young anymore. He was truly a special person. The immense good that he has done will most certainly live on.”
If you aren’t a believer in people dying because they don’t feel they have reason to live, this might change your mind. Paterno wasn’t even planning on retiring prior to the Jerry Sandusky scandal breaking, and now, a little over two months from being fired at Penn State, he has passed away.