Penn State

A look back at the 46-year career of Penn State head football coach Joe Paterno, as collected from the Inquirer and Daily News.

SIX DECADES OF 'JOEPA'

This circa 1949 publicity photo released Monday, Jan. 23, 2012 by Brown University shows the late Joe Paterno, as co-captain of the Brown football team in Providence, R.I.   Paterno, the former Penn State head football coach, died Sunday, Jan. 22, 2012. He was 85. (AP Photo/Brown University)
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This circa 1949 publicity photo released Monday, Jan. 23, 2012 by Brown University shows the late Joe Paterno, as co-captain of the Brown football team in Providence, R.I. Paterno, the former Penn State head football coach, died Sunday, Jan. 22, 2012. He was 85. (AP Photo/Brown University)
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PATERNO'S CAREER HIGHLIGHTS

Immortalizing Paterno

Nov. 2, 2001: A seven-foot-tall bronze statue of Paterno is unveiled in front of Beaver Stadium after he breaks "Bear" Bryant's career record for wins by a college coach.

Nittany Lions win the Rose Bowl

1994 season: The Lions beat Oregon in the Rose Bowl, and end the season 12-0, but have to settle for No. 2 to Nebraska.

PSU joins the Big 10

Sept. 5, 1993: Paterno leads the Nittany Lions to a victory over Minnesota during the team's first game in the Big 10 Conference.

Lions win the Fiesta Bowl

Jan. 2, 1987: Paterno leads the team to a second national title, upsetting Miami 14-10 in the Fiesta Bowl. Paterno is named Sports Illustrated's Sportsman of the Year for 1986.

Paterno sweetens career with first national championship

Jan. 1, 1983: Penn State beats Georgia, 27-33, in the Sugar Bowl to claim its first national title.

Paterno's Heisman protege

1973 season: Paterno leads the Nittany Lions to their third unbeaten season, after which running back John Cappelletti earns the Heisman Trophy

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