Sportsman of the Year


 

  I n an era of college football in which it seems everybody's hand is in the till or balled up in a fist, Paterno sticks out like a clean thumb. His standard of excellence is so season-in, season-out consistent it borders on the monotonous: win 10, 11; send off another bunch of future doctors, lawyers and accountants.

Photograph by Ronald C. Modra
Text by Rick Reilly

Joe Paterno's Penn State football team went undefeated in the 1986 regular season. It was his fifth perfect season in 21 years as the Nittany Lions' head coach. Paterno, 70, still prowls the sidelines in Happy Valley.

 
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