Statue of Joe Paterno Mounted Outside of Beaver Stadium

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Head Coach Joe Paterno's bronze statue now resides on the east side of Beaver Stadium.
Head Coach Joe Paterno's bronze statue now resides on the east side of Beaver Stadium.

STATE COLLEGE, Pa., November 2, 2001 - The life-size bronze statue of Penn State football coach Joe Paterno, honoring his contributions to Penn State University, was erected today outside of Beaver Stadium.

Friends of Joe and Sue Paterno and the University commissioned the bronze sculpture of Joe Paterno, which is located outside the East side of Beaver Stadium. The statue is approximately 7-feet tall and weighs 900 pounds. The area around the statue is lit.

Sue Paterno was present today as the statue was put into place.

Members of the Penn State Physical Plant began working on the area where the statue is located this past Monday, two days after Paterno became the Division I-A leader with 324 career victories with a thrilling 29-27 win over Ohio State.

There is a three-sided stone wall behind the statue. The left section of the wall reads, "Joseph Vincent Paterno: Educator, Coach, Humanitarian."

The middle section of the wall features four Nittany Lion football players following Paterno, who is depicted running onto the field with his right index finger extended. Also in the middle section of the wall is a quote from the legendary coach: "They ask me what I'd like written about me when I'm gone. I hope they write I made Penn State a better place, not just that I was a good football coach."

The right side of the wall features a plaque with the scores of the 415 games coached by Paterno from 1966-2000. The plaque from the 2001 season will be mounted following the season. The sculptor was Angelo DiMaria of Bush Designs of Reading, Pa.

The project took DiMaria 2-3 months from start to finish. Last Saturday's victory moved Paterno past Paul "Bear" Bryant atop the victories list among major college coaches. Penn State will be seeking its third straight victory Saturday when it hosts Southern Mississippi for Homecoming. Kickoff is 12:10 p.m. in Beaver Stadium.

 

 

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