Yesterday I wrote about Paterno’s statue. How many people who are still living have ever had the pleasure of viewing a statuary tribute to them? Saddam Hussein and Joe Paterno are the only two I can think of straight away.
Joe is still alive and kicking, still full of—whatever he’s full of—as was apparent at yesterday’s Big Ten Kickoff in Chicago, where he took the podium and said:
I hadn’t had a physical in 8 or 10 years, so I figured I better have one. I had a good physical. The doctor said I could coach another 10 years. When I got back we had a staff meeting. I told [the assistant coaches] that, and all nine guys put their heads [in their hands].
So, in ten years, a ninety year-old Paterno could be coaching his fifty-first season. He actually believes this. Unlike prior years, when he’s grumbled about coaching as long as he gets up in the morning wanting to coach, or some such thing, he’s apparently been re-energized by the past great season and he actually wants to coach ten more years.
Actually, Joe had a bit of a health scare this summer, which is what prompted the physical exam. Read the whole story in The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.