November 20, 2010; Landover, MD, USA; Penn State Nittany Lions head coach Joe Paterno waits with his team in the tunnel before the start of the game at FedexField. Mandatory Credit: Maxwell Kruger-US PRESSWIRE

Guest Author on The Values of Joe Paterno

Not all live by the values they teach but that doesn’t discount the lessons we learn from them.
There will forever be three points of view on Joe Paterno. Those who will only remember this terrible ending. Those who will continue to be staunch supporters and only remember the good. Those that choose to see both sides to the man that failed to live up to his own lessons but one that did much good throughout his life.
Many religious leaders, political leaders, coaches and other well-respected people teach many life lessons that affect and provide a road map for those who listen to these people. Sometimes these leaders do not all live by their own teaching. However, that does not discount the teachings themselves and the impact they may have had on those who live by those lessons.
Joe taught life lessons to many people, turned many boys into great leaders and men, and donated much to charities. Just because he failed to meet the values that he taught does not mean th0se values we learned from him are all for naught.
The core of his lessons should and will remain as the foundation upon which we rebuild a stronger, smarter, better Penn State.

Paul Salmon

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