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ESPN Releases Paterno Legacy Trailer, Documentary Set to Premiere April 18

Penn State Head Coach Joe Paterno
08 October 2011: Penn State Nittany Lions head coach Joe Paterno answers questions from the media following a game against the Iowa Hawkeyes at Beaver Stadium in University Park, PA. The Penn State Nittany Lions would defeat the Iowa Hawkeyes 13-3.

An E60 and ESPN documentary centered around the legacy of legendary Penn State football coach Joe Paterno and the fallout from the Jerry Sandusky sex abuse scandal is set to premiere April 18, and the first trailer for the series has arrived.

The documentary will be about Paterno’s life both in and away from coaching. Before November 2011, Paterno’s legacy seemed to be iron clad as one of, if not the greatest coach in college football history.

While his legacy as a coach— a DI-record 409 wins, two national championships and five undefeated seasons over nearly 46 years as head coach and 62 overall— is pretty clear, his overall legacy became much more complex for many as a result of one of his longtime former assistants, Sandusky’s child sex abuse conviction and whether or not Paterno did enough to stop Sandusky. Sandusky’s voice appears in the trailer.

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Regardless of how the upcoming documentary is perceived, Joe Paterno’s legacy will always be a polarizing topic, perhaps more so than any legendary coach in any sport.


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