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Letter to the Editor
Friday, Dec. 28, 2012, 8:58 p.m.

Paterno's legacy

I am pleased that the Maxwell Football Club has chosen to honor the Nittany Lion senior football players with its Spirit Award.

Most of the media figured this team would be lucky to win three or four games at best. Most are now treating this eight-win season as a miracle of biblical proportions.

Ron Jaworski, Maxwell Club president, said he was astonished by the performances of these Nittany Lions. Many Penn State alumni, like me, were not the least bit surprised.

Why, might you ask?

These players were recruited and coached by Joseph Paterno — the same man who consistently turned out similar young men each year.

Ironically, this is the same man whose name was removed from the Maxwell Coach of the Year Award in November 2011. Much like the Big Ten, the Maxwell Club rushed to judgment without the benefit of due process.

During the awards ceremony, I believe Paterno should be given some credit for this team's amazing performance.

How could the Maxwell Club best honor these Nittany Lions on March 1? Announce that Paterno's name is being rightfully restored to its Coach of the Year Award.

Thomas M. Bradley


The writer is not Penn State football's former longtime defensive coordinator.

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