Joe Pa will always be remembered as a man of significance.
He is the equal of Bear Bryant, and is actually probably more esteemed as a human being. Sandusky's actions have left a cloud over Penn State, and for a time it caused me to question who Joe Pa was as a person.
I believe, though, that he is still the man we know.
His contributions to education at Penn State, his Grand Experiment that challenged the football team to have a university it was proud of, and the lack of NCAA sanctions throughout his career make him an unforgettable legend.
His last public interview tried to clarify whatever happened, and that he didn't know what to do with the Sandusky problem. Like many other news outlets, he deserves much praise, but was perhaps too loyal to Sandusky.
He was extraordinarily loyal to Penn State, helping the program reach national prominence, and he did things the right way. It was no flash, all substance.
The method paid off many times for Paterno, most notably in the 1987 Fiesta Bowl. You know the story: war-like Miami goes into the desert as one of the best teams ever and leaves with their tails between their legs.
That was Joe Pa. That is Joe Pa's legacy.
Every legacy has its highlights, and while his life ended tragically, it cannot completely spoil more than four decades of on-field success.
Here are the greatest highlights of Joe Pa's career.