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Paterno laid to rest after procession through State College

A vehicle with former Penn State head football coach Joe Paterno's casket leaves Beaver Stadium en route to his burial site in State College, Pennsylvania Reuters

Earlier today, remaining mourners had one final chance to say goodbye to long-time Penn State coach Joe Paterno.

This afternoon, a private funeral allowed Paterno’s family and close friends to do the same. Then, Paterno’s funeral procession was taken through State College. Fans, students, alumni and more — sometimes multiple people deep — lined the streets as the convoy passed through.

“Thank you to all the people who turned out for my father’s procession,” tweeted Jay Paterno. “Very moving.”

In addition to Paterno’s family, those in attendance for the funeral were former running back Franco Harris, athletic director Tim Curley, assistant Mike McQeary, defensive coordinator Tom Bradley and ESPN analyst Matt Millen.

“Today’s Mass was a celebration. We laid to rest a great man,” Bradley said. “He meant so much to so many people.”

A public memorial for Paterno will be held tomorrow at the Bryce Jordan Center, the final event of a three-day remembrance of the coach.

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9 Responses to “Paterno laid to rest after procession through State College”
  1. woebegong says: Jan 25, 2012 7:01 PM

    RIP joePa. In the end you had human frailties just like every other person on earth, but you helped a bunch of folks in your life time as well. No human will or can judge you, as that will be the Man up Above’s job.

  2. sasquash20 says: Jan 25, 2012 8:05 PM

    RIP Joe Pa. I know that you were a great man. One who did more for people then 100 average men will do in there lives.

  3. cubano76 says: Jan 25, 2012 8:08 PM

    One last trip by Beaver Stadium for JoePa!

  4. harleyspoon says: Jan 25, 2012 8:15 PM

    First John 1:9 takes care of one’s frailties, weaknesses and sins…I am sure Joe named his sins and, thus, as said in the above, God knows Joe knew his sins. Under Christian doctrine, once Joe, by his own volition, accepted Christ as his savior and redeemer, all the wrongs of his life (past, present and future) were paid for as a result of Jesus’ suffering, death, descent, resurrection and His ascension (defeat of satan, sin and evil). I believe Jesus will not say to Joe, “I never knew you!” Joe’s eternal life in the presence of God is assured regardless of his sins and good works.

  5. fissels says: Jan 25, 2012 8:47 PM

    His life was surely one to be celebrated.

  6. lovesmesomeme says: Jan 25, 2012 9:15 PM

    Come down of the pulpit Harley we need the wood for the cross.

  7. kibbee2545 says: Jan 25, 2012 11:32 PM

    Did Mat Millen cry like he did on TV

  8. hdmoyer says: Jan 26, 2012 3:34 AM

    Can’t say enough to the Paterno family…all naysayers can suck my arse. I’m sure all the tough guys that post have ever had a library named after them much less even donated to charity.
    I was going to defend Joe but the people that didn’t realize how great of a man he was isn’t worth my time. The democratic president called the family to give his condolences even though Joe Paterno strongly endorsed George H. W. Bush

  9. bozosforall says: Jan 26, 2012 10:34 AM

    RIP JoePa

    Fire all 32 Board of Trustees slimeballs.

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