Joe Posnanski’s biography of the late Penn State football coach Joe Paterno follows in the tradition of works by Richard Ben Cramer on Joe DiMaggio and David Maraniss on Vince Lombardi. Having gained unprecedented access to Paterno, as well as the coach’s personal notes and files, Posnanski spent the last two years of Paterno’s life covering the coach on and off the field—and through the scandal that ended Paterno’s legendary career.
Born in Brooklyn in 1926, Joe Paterno was a first-generation college student whose family discouraged him from pursuing a degree. But at Brown University, Paterno became a star quarterback; after college, in 1950 and at the age of 23, he was hired by his former coach to serve as assistant coach to the Penn State football team.
In the 62 football seasons that followed, the Nittany Lions won 409 games of a possible 695, 29 of which were Top 10 in national rankings. Paterno missed only three games. He was honored with every distinction the industry had to offer, from the first ever Sports Illustrated Sportsman of the Year Award, to the Associated Press College Football Coach Award, to the NCAA’s Gerald R. Ford Award.
Paterno gets inside the mind of one of the most gifted and charismatic coaches in US history. By listening to this history of his remarkable life, listeners will learn more about football, more about leadership, and more about America.
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