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Joe Paterno
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Paterno at a 2010 rally
Biographical details
Born (1926-12-21)December 21, 1926
Brooklyn, New York
Died January 22, 2012(2012-01-22) (aged 85)
State College, Pennsylvania
Playing career
1946–1949 Brown
Position(s) Quarterback, cornerback
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
1950–1965 Penn State (assistant)
1966–2011 Penn State
Administrative career (AD unless noted)
1980–1982 Penn State
Head coaching record
Overall 409–136–3
Bowls 24–12–1
Accomplishments and honors
Championships
2 National (1982, 1986)
3 Big Ten (1994, 2005, 2009)
Awards
Sports Illustrated Sportsman of the Year (1986)
5× AFCA COY (1968, 1978, 1982, 1986, 2005)
3× Walter Camp COY (1972, 1994, 2005)
3× Eddie Robinson COY (1978, 1982, 1986)
Bobby Dodd COY (1981, 2005)
Paul "Bear" Bryant Award (1986)
3× George Munger Award (1990, 1994, 2005)
Amos Alonzo Stagg Award (2002)
Home Depot Coach of the Year Award (2005)
Sporting News College Football COY (2005)
3× Big Ten Coach of the Year (1994, 2005, 2008)
College Football Hall of Fame
Inducted in 2007 (profile)

Joseph Vincent "Joe" Paterno ( December 21, 1926 — January 22, 2012) was an American college football coach. He was the head coach of the Penn State Nittany Lions for 46 years from 1966 through 2011. Paterno's nickname was "JoePa".

Paterno was an Italian-American who was born and raised in Brooklyn. His team won 409 games with him as coach, so he had the record for the most wins by an NCAA Division I Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) coach. He is the only FBS coach to reach 400 victories. He coached five undefeated teams that won major bowl games. In 2007, was entered the College Football Hall of Fame.

Penn State trustees fired Paterno in the middle of the football season in November 2011.

Paterno died of lung cancer on January 22, 2012.

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