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JoePa.

Some quotes from the GREAT man himself.

 

JoePa-isms.

  • Believe deep down in your heart that you're destined to do great things.

  • Besides pride, loyalty, discipline, heart, and mind, confidence is the key to all the locks.

  • It’s the name on the front of the jersey that matters most, not the one on the back.

  • Losing a game is heartbreaking. Losing your sense of excellence or worth is a tragedy.

  • Publicity is like poison; it doesn't hurt unless you swallow it.

  • Success without honor is an unseasoned dish; it will satisfy your hunger, but it won't taste good.

  • The minute you think you've got it made, disaster is just around the corner.

  • The will to win is important, but the will to prepare is vital.

  • When a team outgrows individual performance and learns team confidence, excellence becomes a reality.

  • You have to perform at a consistently higher level than others. That's the mark of a true professional.

  • You need to play with supreme confidence, or else you'll lose again, and then losing becomes a habit.
Joe Paterno was born in 1926, these are younger than him:
  • The Southeastern Conference was formed in 1932, six years after Paterno was born. Paterno is also older than the ACC (1953), Pac-10/12 (1959), WAC (1962), Sun Belt Conference (1976), Big East (1979), Conference USA (1995), Big 12 (1996) and Mountain West Conference (1999).
  • ESPN (1979)
  • Two point conversion (1958)
  • Plastic Helmets (1939) 
  • The Orange Bowl (1935), Sugar Bowl (1935), Cotton Bowl (1937), Fiesta Bowl (1971), or just about every bowl game except the Rose Bowl (1901)
  • USA Today (1982)
  •  Hawaii's statehoold (1959)
  • Boise State's football program (1932)
  •  AP Writer's Poll (1936) and the Coaches' poll (1950)
  •  Heisman Trophy (1935)
  • Hugh Hefner  (Well, they were born the same year!)