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Al Golden, player and coach under Paterno, offers thoughts on passing

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Adding to the nation-wide reactions to the passing of  Joe Paterno is one of the members from his coaching tree.

Miami coach Al Golden, who played for Paterno from 1989-91 and coached under him in 2000, released a statement Monday about what he gained from his relationship with the long-time coach.

Walter Payton once said, ‘Always remember that every opportunity you have to meet someone is an opportunity to leave a piece of yourself,’

“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 in his life.  The values Coach Paterno instilled in each of us that were fortunate enough to play for or work alongside him will never be diminished.

“They are manifested in our leadership, character, class and dedication to improving the lives of others in the classroom, workforce and community.  They are distinctly evident in the way we raise our children and the type of husbands and fathers we have grown to be.

“I am forever grateful for the impact that Joseph Vincent Paterno has made on my life. I am not ashamed to say to Coach and his family that the way all of your former players will carry your legacy forward is by humbly improving the lives of those around us every day.

“Thank you Joe!”

(Tip of the cap: South Florida Sun Sentinel) 

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7 Responses to “Al Golden, player and coach under Paterno, offers thoughts on passing”
  1. woebegong says: Jan 23, 2012 3:23 PM

    He did make a few mistakes, but I would bet that he helped a lot more kids and young adults, than his not taking enough action on the Sandusky case, harmed. May he rest in peace.

  2. cowhawkfan says: Jan 23, 2012 3:23 PM

    Well said Coach Golden!

  3. olskool711 says: Jan 23, 2012 4:49 PM

    He made 1 mistake.


    There is no excuse. And, he has had to pay for that mistake in a way that is unmeasurable.

    He was confronted with something that would destroy everything he worked for. He panicked and avoided it.

    There were only two ways to deal with it.

    He made the wrong choice. Both choices left him with his legacy and work forever tarnished. But, the one he chose left us all to blame him for the actions of the pervert since the cover up. Not only did he panic but he was a victim of the culture of silence that says you don’t talk about this. For years people have shoved this stuff in the closet. For years the Catholic Church fed the culture of silence. Joe panicked and made the wrong choice. Either way his legacy was fried.

    From what I can see, he made one mistake.

    And, all the good seems like it is washed away.

    Its a shame.

  4. lovinthatsomanyhateonnd says: Jan 23, 2012 4:55 PM

    nice quote from “Sweetness”..ironic too, because when i met him it was very fact i didnt even know it was him. Hey, i was 11, and had no idea what he looked like without the jersey and helmet lol. His words to me, as i was running into my church he was speaking at (and i was running late for)? “hey young man, slow down”. lol
    Back to Joe pa though. If you are going to recognize his few shortcomings, youd be best served recognizing the many lives he changed and impacted for the better.
    Matthew 7:1 “Do not judge, or you too will be judged.”

  5. harleyspoon says: Jan 23, 2012 8:14 PM

    olskool71, Joe did not make a mistake…He reported what he had heard–it was, for him, “hear-say”–to the appropriate authorities under the laws of Pennsylvania and the rules of the university. He was NOT a witness to a crime. He did NOT know the name or address of the victim; no one else did, either!!! He was NOT the police. He was NOT the the prosecutor. He was NOT a member of several grand juries which failed to indict Sandusky! He was NOT a vigilante. He was NOT you, olskool711, in all your self-righteous and sanctimonious perfection. Joe Paterno did exactly what he was supposed to do. He DID NOT grab the microphone and incite a bunch of numb nuts into a rabid lynch mob. He did not lead them to Sandusky’s House to grab Sandusky and take him to the tallest tree and lynch him or nail him to a cross. He did exactly what he was supposed to do!!!!!! The mistaken one is you!!

  6. charger383 says: Jan 23, 2012 11:47 PM

    Agree with harleyspoon.
    Coach Paterno reported what he was told to man in charge of campus police. He was a coach not a cop. Not his job to do police work.

  7. lookatthefarside says: Jan 24, 2012 6:53 AM

    “It is one of the great sorrows of my life,” he said. “With the benefit of hindsight, I wish I had done more.”

    -joe paterno

    This should be etched on his Statue.

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