When an 85-year old man dies, you cannot call it a tragedy. Sad, yes, but tragic, no.
But Joe Paterno’s passing might be an exception. Born in Brooklyn in 1926, he enrolled at Brown University, where he played quarterback. He still holds a school record -- for interceptions -- with 14.
After graduating, Paterno was supposed to go to law school, but instead followed his coach, Rip Engle, to Penn State.
His father was beside himself. “For God’s sake, what did you go to college for?” That was 1950. 62 years later, that’s where Joe Paterno died.