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Joe Paterno


1926 Born Joseph Vincent Paterno on December 21 in Brooklyn, New York
1932 Learns early on the value of education over sports—but plays touch football as much as he can
1942 Enters Brooklyn Prep High School
1946 Enters Brown University where he plays quarterback and also returns punts and kickoffs
1949 Brown goes 8-1 with Paterno at the helm
1950 Becomes an assistant coach at Penn State
1962 Marries Suzanne Pohland (together they'll have five children: Diana Lynne, Mary Kathryn, David, Joseph Vincent Jr., and George Scott)
1966 Appointed as head coach of the Nittany Lions on February 19
1968 Records first of five unbeaten seasons at Penn, going 11-0 and beating the University of Kansas in the Orange Bowl
1977 Misses the second kickoff in his career as a coach when his son is seriously injured in an accident; the first was due to the death of his father, in 1955 (hasn't missed a kickoff since)
1982 Captures first National Championship, beating the University of Georgia in the Sugar Bowl
1986 Wins second National Championship, beating Miami in the Fiesta Bowl
1992 Attends opening ceremonies of the Joe Paterno Child Development Center on the campus of Nike, Inc., in Beaverton, Oregon
1993 Penn becomes a part of the Big Ten conference
1993 Brown honors its alum with the scholarship presented in his honor, the Joe Paterno Male Outstanding Freshman Athlete Award
1995 Guides Penn to an undefeated season and a victory in the Rose Bowl. It was to that point the first Big Ten team with an undefeated season in 26 years
1995 Penn State is ranked first as being the college program that best prepares players for the NFL
1997 The Paterno family donates $3.5 million to Penn State to endow faculty positions and scholarships
2001 Earns win 324, which puts him as the career leader in Division I-A football, surpassing previous record holder Bear Bryant

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