From America’s premier sportswriter, the definitive, #1 New York Times bestselling biography of Joe Paterno and the story of America’s love affair with football.Joe Paterno believed that football was a way to teach young men how to live. He coached at Penn State for 62 years. In the course of his years as a head coach, his teams won 409 games, a Division I record. At the end of his life, more than 100 of those wins were invalidated by the NCAA because of the crimes of a longtime assistant coach, Jerry Sandusky, and Paterno’s alleged knowledge of those crimes—knowledge Paterno denied until his death. In the process, the name Paterno—the name he had spent a lifetime building—came to represent scandal and controversy.Joe Posnanski lived in State College, Pennsylvania, through the turbulent final months of Paterno’s life and was with him and his family as the scandal that eventually consumed him unfolded. Now with a new afterword, Posnanski’s book delves deep into the life of Joe Paterno, going back to his childhood days in Brooklyn and his college days at Brown, and looks at him through the eyes of the young men he coached. It is a portrait that goes beyond the daily headlines and into the life of a stubborn idealist, a teacher, and a flawed but principled man who, to the very end, loved to coach.
From America?s premier sportswriter, the definitive, #1 New York Times bestselling biography of Joe Paterno and the story of America?s love affair with football.
Joe Posnanski spent the last two years of Joe Paterno?s life covering the coach on and off the field, having gained unprecedented access to his personal notes and files. Posnanski was with Paterno and his family when the horrific scandal unfolded that eventually consumed him, and he was there when, less than three months later, the legendary coach died of lung cancer, bringing a tragic end to his epic life. Written with Paterno?s full cooperation, this unforgettable biography is the fullest description we will ever have of one of America?s most brilliant and charismatic coaches.
Born in Brooklyn in 1926, Paterno was a first generation college student who became a star quarterback while attending Brown University. After graduation in 1950, at age twenty-three he was hired as Penn State?s assistant coach. Over the course of sixty-two football seasons, Joe Paterno?s influence led the Nittany Lions to win 409 games, a Division I record for a coach. He was honored with every distinction the sports industry has to offer, from Sports Illustrated?s Sportsman of the Year Award to the Associated Press College Football Coach Award to the NCAA?s Gerald R. Ford Award.
Following in the tradition of David Maraniss?s biography of Vince Lombari and Richard Ben Cramer?s Joe DiMaggio, Posnanski presents an honest and surprising portrait of one of the most controversial figures in America. Paterno is the definitive account of the epic life of America?s winningest college football coach.
Number of Pages: 408
Genre: Biography + Autobiography, Sports + Recreation
Sub-Genre: Sports, Coaching / Football
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Author: Joe Posnanski
Street Date: August 6, 2013
Item Number (DPCI): 247-15-7358