1986: Unforgettable Year in Sports

<i>SI</i> honors Joe Pa
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SI honors Joe Pa

Sports Illustrated closed out 1986 by honoring Joe Paterno as its Sportsman of the Year. Paterno led Penn State to an undefeated regular season for the sixth time and set up the Nittany Lions to play for the national championship for the fourth time in nine years (they would beat Miami in the 1987 Fiesta Bowl). Rick Reilly wrote of Paterno: "Over the last three decades, nobody has stayed truer to the game and at the same time truer to himself than Joseph Vincent Paterno."

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