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Paterno family reportedly weighing taking coach off ventilator

Penn State students kneel as they pray after lighting candles placed at the Joe Paterno statue outside Beaver Stadium in the Penn State University campus in Pennsylvania Getty Images

Even as students and fans continue to hold vigils around Joe Paterno‘s statue outside of Beaver Stadium, the man for whom it honors continues the fight for his life.

According to the Washington Post‘s Dave Sheinen, with Sally Jenkins listed as a contributor to the report, the Paterno family is weighing whether to take the ex-Penn State football coach off a ventilator.  The report is noteworthy as Jenkins was granted the first interview Paterno had given earlier this month.

The Post, citing family sources, goes on to write that Paterno’s wishes are to not “be kept alive through extreme artificial means.”

Paterno was hospitalized Jan. 13 — the same day his interview with Jenkins concluded, ironically — due to complications from the chemotherapy he was enduring in his battle against lung cancer, and has remained at the State College medical facility for the past nine days.  Reports of Paterno’s death that surfaced late Saturday night were almost immediately debunked by the coach’s sons on Twitter.

While described as gravely ill, Paterno was reportedly awake and able to communicate with family and friends who had been summoned to the hospital due to his deteriorating condition.  A family spokesperson acknowledged that Paterno had “experienced further health complications” and “his doctors have now characterized his status as serious.”

In a tweet posted to his Twitter account, Jay Paterno, the coach’s son and former Nittany Lions quarterbacks coach, mentioned the show of support his father had received since news broke of his worsening condition.

“Drove by students at the Joe statue. Just told my Dad about all the love & support–inspiring him.”

That tweet was preceded by one that said, in part, “Joe is continuing to fight.”

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25 Responses to “Paterno family reportedly weighing taking coach off ventilator”
  1. blueglaze says: Jan 22, 2012 8:57 AM

    Love ya joe!

  2. lemmam says: Jan 22, 2012 8:59 AM

    God speed Joe Pa nd prayers to your family.

  3. gmsingh says: Jan 22, 2012 9:01 AM

    If only Joe had fought to Sandusky away from children. Lowlife.

  4. rythmicslapping4jopa says: Jan 22, 2012 9:03 AM

    Hey Old Man…John Holmes is waiting for you in Hell!

  5. ratherbpickin says: Jan 22, 2012 9:06 AM

    The Paterno family is in our thoughts. Who could have predicted such a whirlwind end to the Paterno era?

    Despite his lack of judgement and action regarding the Sandusky case, he has positively impacted hundreds of people’s lives. I wish the best for him and his lived ones during this difficult time, as I would wish the same for any family going through the same.

    What we have here is a human being and dozens of family members who live him. This is also a person who did not try to rationalize his guilt away. He accepted it publicly and continued to publicly support PSU, never saying a negative word.

    I know he was part of the Sandusky problem, but a person is dying right now. All live and respect to our fellow human being.

  6. woebegong says: Jan 22, 2012 9:07 AM

    I sure hope this man somehow recovers, because in my opinion, although he made a few decisions that could be considered as questionable, I have and will always believe he had the university and the kids that played for him at the top of his list, and never did anything to deliberately to hurt the school or it’s image. For those that care to read, here is a link, that former Texas A and M coach Sherman, that shows a message about his philosophy about coaching and young folks. I believe Coach Paterno shared those same beliefs and he did not deserve to be thrown under the bus until, and when the whole tragic mess involving this former coach had run it’s course. http://www.footballscoop.com/news/5567-read-this-youll-be-happy-you-did.
    There are only a certain amount of high integrity coaches out there in the NCAA, and when I think of people like J. Paterno, I think of coaches like Richt of UGA, Hoke of Mich. State and Peterson of Boise State. I think they give their best effort and try their hardest to run a clean program and it works for them and their respective schools. People demand so much of these guys these days, and fair or not, some of these coaches in the NCAA will try and win at all cost, and that includes the kids they have playing and trusting them. Few coaches actually truly care for these kids and take on the responsibility of insuring these are prepared for life.

  7. cidminion says: Jan 22, 2012 9:08 AM

    This Guy didn’t rape these kids. You have to understand all this man knows is football. Yes more could have been done but by a lot of people but he wasn’t the criminal. Sleep well JoPa.

  8. blueglaze says: Jan 22, 2012 9:08 AM

    All u pathetic people wishing a human being to death over the Internet have no right to live yourselves.

  9. ratherbpickin says: Jan 22, 2012 9:16 AM

    The Paterno family is in our thoughts. Who could have predicted such a whirlwind end to the Paterno era?

    Despite his lack of judgement and action regarding the Sandusky case, he has positively impacted hundreds of people’s lives. I wish the best for him and his loved ones during this difficult time, as I would wish the same for any family going through the same.

    What we have here is a human being and dozens of family members who love him. This is also a person who did not try to rationalize his guilt away. He accepted it publicly and continued to publicly support PSU, never saying a negative word.

    I know he was part of the Sandusky problem, but a person is dying right now. All love and respect to our fellow human being.

  10. ratherbpickin says: Jan 22, 2012 9:16 AM

    Sorry for the double post. I was trying to fix some typos.

  11. 2difshoe says: Jan 22, 2012 9:50 AM

    Karma Joe…sorry, I wish no ill will to a single soul. You turned a blind eye to child molestation.

    I guess you reap what you sow.

    My concern at this time is more for the children that live a perpetual emotional hell on this earth due to your lack of involvement in informing the proper authorities and ending child rape at Ped State.

    Hell is coming to breakfast Joe, and the Grim reaper is serving it.

  12. thatobnoxiousguy says: Jan 22, 2012 9:53 AM

    What, his family can’t decide?

    Maybe they should let the parents of some of the victims decide?

    Bet it wouldn’t take long

  13. parkcityute says: Jan 22, 2012 9:59 AM

    I know the Paterno family are praying for wisdom. I am praying that God would give them wisdom as well. This is one of the most difficult decisions a family will ever face. I have faced it. I know. May God grant them wisdom and then peace.

  14. blueglaze says: Jan 22, 2012 10:01 AM

    That obnoxious guy got DP’d when he was 5… Never walked or s**t the same since….

  15. woebegong says: Jan 22, 2012 10:09 AM

    You are seriously one sick minded person. Obnoxious is one thing, but you are just a plain sick individual.

  16. brewcrewfan54 says: Jan 22, 2012 10:20 AM

    I am really torn on how to feel about Joe. On one hand he did do a lot of good for a lot of people. On the other hand his bare minimum actions with the Sandusky thing can’t be ignored.

  17. thatobnoxiousguy says: Jan 22, 2012 10:22 AM

    Pretty sad that a campus full of full of morons will hold hands, cry, pray, and hold a lovefest for an old man that enabled his buddy to continue molesting young children, yet they ignore the young victims that have to live the rest of their lives with the pain inflicted upon them.

    Pretty sad that a group of adults defend a man that they do not even personally know, and show their lack of home training in doing so, yet they (like their hero) don’t give a damn about all of the innocent victims.

    The children are scarred for life and will have to deal with nightmares each and every day forever.

    The victims dont get to take the easy(cowardly) way out

    They don’t get to take the easy way out

  18. randygnyc says: Jan 22, 2012 10:23 AM

    Good riddance. The POS is now dead. Divine intervention. Shoulda been Sandusky, but I’ll take it.

  19. thatobnoxiousguy says: Jan 22, 2012 10:26 AM

    Does anyone else find it disturbing that flocks of people will hold a candlelight vigil and cry at a statue of a person that they have most likely never even met?
    Again

    For a person that they most likely NEVER EVEN MET!!!

    Seriously?

  20. woebegong says: Jan 22, 2012 10:27 AM

    Rest in Peace Joe.
    Now all of the morons wishing for another persons death, have gotten their wish. Sleep well as you can know somehow feel vindicated that the evil empire (?) is one less person strong on this earth.

  21. fightingwombat says: Jan 22, 2012 10:28 AM

    We should not be the one to judge Joe Pa…that is for God to do on Judgement Day. I’m not going to take a stand for or against him…he was not the only person that had a role in this matter.

    I’ve seen this before in terminally ill people…his will to fight has ended…his spirit was broken over this. I feel sorry for his family for seeing this happen him…they are the ones that need the compassion right now.

  22. joetoronto says: Jan 22, 2012 10:40 AM

    The real “sick” people are the ones who put their school over everything else, even the raping of young boys for many, many years.

    Those are the “sick” people.

  23. melikefootball says: Jan 22, 2012 10:59 AM

    This man did not do one thing to these kids!!!!!!!!! The media and ESPN especially along with Coward went after Joe and persacuted him instead of Sandusky. They went after him all day long yet not the judge, prosequtor or police that could have done something years earlier. The individuals that were his boss did nothing yet none were put on the hot seat as Joe.Then the gutless board fired him as they did when he had give his life to the college and community.. These groups of people should be proud today….we all know Joe died of a broken heart…caused by some heartless individuals…the topping today is ESPN has the guts to be talking Joe up after he has passed.

  24. dominator71030 says: Jan 22, 2012 11:03 AM

    thatobnoxiousguy says:Jan 22, 2012 10:22 AM

    Pretty sad that a campus full of full of morons will hold hands, cry, pray, and hold a lovefest for an old man that enabled his buddy to continue molesting young children, yet they ignore the young victims that have to live the rest of their lives with the pain inflicted upon them.

    Pretty sad that a group of adults defend a man that they do not even personally know, and show their lack of home training in doing so, yet they (like their hero) don’t give a damn about all of the innocent victims.

    The whole campus did hold a candlelight vigil for all the victims and donated hundred of thousands to stop child abuse.

    It’s pretty sad you attack a man you dont even personally know.

  25. outlawjerseywhales says: Jan 22, 2012 1:58 PM

    Is it just me or when Paterno was modeling for that statue was he also rushing to hail a cab?

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