Joe Paterno Legacy

A Look at Joe Paterno's Complicated Legacy

Athlon Editors look back on how to view JoePa's complicated history
<p> Athlon Editors look back on how to view JoePa's complicated history&nbsp;</p>

With the passing of Joe Paterno over the weekend, many people are struggling to put his career in perspective. On one hand, he was a rare coach who won without ever getting caught up in a big NCAA scandal--a rarity in college football these days--but on the other, his legacy will foreever be tarnished by the horrific Jerry Sandusky sex abuse scandal.

So we asked our Athlon editors (who know more about college football than most people have forgotten) to look back on JoePa's complicated career.

Struggling with Joe Paterno's Legacy

Athlon Editor Mitch Light looks back at Joe Paterno's career
<p> Athlon Editor Mitch Light looks back at Joe Paterno's career</p>

Joe Paterno roamed the sidelines in the first college football game that I remember watching. I was seven years old, dressed in crimson pants, an Alabama t-shirt and an Alabama cowboy hat. It was the 1979 Sugar Bowl, featuring No. 1 Penn State vs. the No. 2 Crimson Tide.