There was always a sense of fatalism. Not that he would one day die, that’s an inevitably we all face. But for the serious fan of college football, I think that there was a thought that he was never really meant to live apart from the game. Even before the Jerry Sandusky scandal broke, I think that sentiment existed.
Joe Paterno died today.
He was the winningest coach in the history of college football, but for many years of that career, he was pursing the wins record of the famous Alabama coach Paul “Bear Bryant. When Bryant retired after the 1982 season, he was asked how he would spend his time and replied that he would probably “croak in a week.”