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JoePa gets run over, injured at practice

Joe Paterno

In 2006, Joe Paterno suffered a broken leg after one of his own Penn State players and a member of the Wisconsin Badgers ran into him on the sidelines during a game.  Two years later, Paterno underwent hip replacement surgery after an August incident in which the legendary coach was injured demonstrating the proper technique on an onside kick.

Then, of course, there was the mad dash for a seat in The Land of Porcelain.  Now, JoePa apparently has yet another football-related health issue with which to deal.

BlueWhite Illustrated reported earlier Monday that Paterno was injured at practice Sunday when he was run over by a wide receiver running a route.  Paterno suffered injuries to his pelvic and shoulder areas, but, the website reports, it’s believed that surgery will not be necessary.

ESPN’s Chris Fowler subsequently reported that Paterno suffered hairline fractures to both his pelvis and shoulder.

Paterno, who remains hospitalized this afternoon, downplayed the incident in a statement released by the school.

“I expect to be back at practice soon. I’m doing fine; tell everyone not to worry about me,” Paterno said. “I like the effort I have seen from the squad during our first few practices, but we have a long way to go to get ready for the schedule we have.”

The 84-year-old Paterno will be entering his 46th season as the Nittany Lions head coach in 2011.

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28 Responses to “JoePa gets run over, injured at practice”
  1. cubano76 says: Aug 8, 2011 3:27 PM

    That man WILL die on the field. And somehow in his case seems appropriate. Stay safe JoPa!

  2. florida727 says: Aug 8, 2011 3:28 PM

    One of the classiest people in all of sports. Get well soon, Coach.

  3. me6661973 says: Aug 8, 2011 3:42 PM

    Just funny old man is tough gotta give it to him for that. Think Penn ST. wants see him lay down and die on the field too. When he like 100! LOL Someone though keep the Updyke bammers down for the Auburn fans when they say Bear the best I admit Joe has him beat in the years! Just wonder how long will Penn ST let him be head coach? Hope they don’t force him to retire like FSU did Bobby because it always something to look foward to see if he makes it through to next game! Don’t want see someone die but think if he die on feild he won his game of life. Just hope it right when they handed it to OSwho or Bammer! War Eagle!

  4. pnoty96 says: Aug 8, 2011 3:58 PM

    No disrespect to his legacy, but it is called a legacy because it is in the PAST. This guy cant move to get out of his own way now. Why is it these old farts never want to give it up, and make room for someone else to have their day in the sun. This guy cant do anything else for the sport or the school. Will someone PLEASE stop him from making a fool of himself going forward? Old men are cute when they have ice cream on their chin. Not trying to yell at behemoths. Somewhere, there is a talented coach with a NEW system that we may not see cause of this…DAMn.

  5. lbijake says: Aug 8, 2011 4:11 PM

    This is getting to be like the Monty Python film when the one character continues to proclaim “I’m not dead yet.”.

  6. tomosbornesretirementcostjoepaatitle says: Aug 8, 2011 4:11 PM


    This IS his life. I would give him 6 months max life expectancy of he stepped down.

    I have maintained for years now that he should be buried under the Beaver Stadium turf. I don’t think any PSU fan, or even Sue, would mind seeing him pass on the field, he would be going out doing the one thing he absolutely lives for. If only we all could be so lucky.

  7. florida727 says: Aug 8, 2011 4:12 PM

    “me6661973″, would you mind re-taking that remedial English class once more?

  8. dkhhuey says: Aug 8, 2011 4:28 PM

    It would not surprise me one iota if the story comes out that JoePa was actually showing a kid how to tackle this receiver!

    Get well Joe – you are one of a kind!!!

  9. pthompson1187 says: Aug 8, 2011 6:41 PM

    JoePa is the epitamy of the word coach. he has a strong will to coach, he couldve given up when he was seriously injured in 2006. or the time after that, or the time after that. he is still a great coach, and the players learn alot about football and how to be a real man from this coach. when he retires, the coaching ranks will lose one of the best coaches on the planet in football.

  10. stairwayto7 says: Aug 8, 2011 7:05 PM

    JOE IS GOD! Get use to it! If he was in SEC, oh wait, his kids go to class and don’t get paid like SEC players!!!

  11. Deb says: Aug 8, 2011 7:22 PM

    God bless, JoePa! Think it’s wonderful that after the injury he said he like the effort he’s seen in practice. How perfect is that? Get well soon!!

    @Stairwayto7 and me6661973 … it takes an extra bit of classlessness to turn a post like this into a rant about the SEC and Alabama. Congrats on sinking to new lows.

  12. paparoach25 says: Aug 8, 2011 7:36 PM

    @ Deb. you really know what class is ? Haha

  13. Deb says: Aug 8, 2011 8:37 PM

    paparoach25, did that make you feel like a bigger man?

  14. joesma says: Aug 8, 2011 10:04 PM

    Joepa is one tough guy, God bless him. I think he needs a Joepa-mobile so he won’t get run over again. : ) get well soon.

  15. WingT says: Aug 8, 2011 10:36 PM

    Bear was the best – there’s no question about it – count the titles

    Also, I really enjoyed your writing style – very creative – nobody can be as stupid as you present

    roll tide

  16. paulbrownsrevenge says: Aug 8, 2011 11:03 PM

    If I coached the same program as long as JoePa, I would want to be buried in the stadium, on the sideline. How sweet would that be?

  17. waynefontes says: Aug 9, 2011 6:47 AM

    stairwayto7 says:
    Aug 8, 2011 7:05 PM
    JOE IS GOD! Get use to it! If he was in SEC, oh wait, his kids go to class and don’t get paid like SEC players!!!


    Well, since you brought the SEC into it – while portraying how “noble” the Penn State program is…

    Funny how you overlooked ALL those numerous arrests in State College that have happened over the past few years. So many arrests that it brought national scrutiny.

    And if Paterno was in the SEC, he would be fired for consistent mediocrity. That doesn’t cut it in the SEC. But it does in a conference like the Big 10.

    But mediocrity will keep you as coach at Penn State as long as you like. As least FSU got the clue that mediocrity is not accptable.

    Penn State is not an elite school anymore (hasn’t been for years – other than that one conference title, too bad Michigan once again beat you and spoiled your chance to lose in a BCS title game).

    Penn State is no longer an elite program, not even close. JoePa should coach as long as he wants. That way Penn State will be king of the 8-4 records.

  18. latrobe21 says: Aug 9, 2011 9:31 AM

    This is Joe’s last season, even if he goes 13-0 and wins the BCS. Bet the house on it. He doesn’t have any of the support from boosters that he had when Curly and Moe (Spanier) tried to can him in 2004. Someone has to tell Paterno what’s for his own good, because he’s no longer capable of figuring it out, himself. And I love the guy like my grandfather. My comments assume that he makes it through this year . . .

  19. mdnittlion says: Aug 9, 2011 10:29 AM

    @ waynefontes

    King of 8-4 records, so I guess we didn’t go 11-2 in 2009 and beat LSU in a bowl game. One bad year doesn’t determine the whole program. By the way there are a couple of SEC teams that would love 8-4 Vandy, Ole Miss, Kentucky, Georgia, UT, Miss State. As for firing Joe for his performance, I find it funny you would bring that up considering the SEC recycles coaches Spurrier, Saban, Houston Nutt, Lou Holtz and don’t forget Bobby Petrinos extremely professional exit from the Falcons. As for the arrests I would like to point out compared to Florida during Urban Meyers time PSU is really lite. Joe Pa didn’t have 30 arrests in 6 yrs, but somehow that always gets lost in the Meyer legacy statement.

  20. paparoach25 says: Aug 9, 2011 12:50 PM

    @ Deb yes it did . keep hating

  21. Deb says: Aug 9, 2011 3:45 PM

    Hmmm, paparoach25, I came onto a thread to wish JoePa well after his accident. Instead of wishing JoePa well, one guy used the opportunity to rant at Bama and another used it as an opportunity to rip the SEC. I said that was classless. And it was. Then with no provocation, you came along and launched a personal attack at me, calling me classless. Why? I have no idea. But somehow that makes me a hater.


  22. paparoach25 says: Aug 9, 2011 8:41 PM

    @ Deb don’t take it personal but

  23. Deb says: Aug 9, 2011 10:25 PM

    Calling me classless for no reason is personal. And I haven’t been hating on anyone.

  24. southernpatriots says: Aug 10, 2011 9:50 AM

    JoePa is class and a legend. He now has proven that he is a tough classy legend. All the best and our prayers to you Coach!

  25. paparoach25 says: Aug 10, 2011 11:04 AM

    @ Deb ok t

  26. paulbrownsrevenge says: Aug 11, 2011 7:30 PM

    Paterno’s best quote, “whatta you know griese!” hahaha that was classic.

  27. corvusrex96 says: Aug 13, 2011 2:01 PM

    The Nittany Lions vs. SEC teams in bowl games (9-5 record):
    Alabama (1-2)
    Auburn (1-1)
    Florida (0-2)
    Georgia (1-0)
    Kentucky (1-0)
    LSU (2-0)
    Tennesse (3-0).

    PSU’s 9-5 bowl record vs SEC means we own you.

  28. kupski says: Aug 15, 2011 3:06 PM


    your TOOL of 2011

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