Nov 16, 2013; University Park, PA, USA; A sign hangs inside of Beaver Stadium in honor of former head coach Joe Paterno prior to the game between the Purdue Boilermakers and the Penn State Nittany Lions. Penn State defeated Purdue 45-21. Mandatory Credit: Rich Barnes-USA TODAY Sports

Penn State Football: New Joe Paterno statue to make its way to downtown State College


In the wake of the highly-publicized Jerry Sandusky scandal, one of the more scrutinized decisions among the Penn State fan base, aside from the sanctions placed against the football team, was that of taking down the bronze statue of Joe Paterno that sat outside Beaver Stadium in State College. Since the removal, fans have been clamoring for the statue to be returned.

Well according to Onward State, a Paterno statue will indeed make its return, just not outside Beaver Stadium where it once sat. Instead, the new one will be placed outside of a restaurant in downtown State College.

One of the organizers of the project, Ted Sebastianelli, stated that Paterno still deserves to be honored for everything he did for the small, central Pennsylvania town.

“There’s been some level of frustration among Penn Staters with what happened with the statue at the stadium,” Ted Sebastianelli, one of the organizers of the project, said. “We wanted to come up with a way to honor Joe for all that he did for the State College community. It wasn’t just the university he impacted — it was the whole town.”

So for now, there are Penn State supporters all over the country that will be happy, although more than certainly there will be some that are not satisfied that the statue will not be sitting outside of the stadium that Paterno made famous.

Tags: College Football Joe Paterno Penn State Nittany Lions

  • Scott

    The statue and surrounding paraphernalia should be returned to the stadium

  • HUNTERVIC

    What’s the holdup

    Action regarding a tribute to JoePA is rather long time coming.

    Appears as though Penn Staters have been buying the piles of female bovine fecal matter being generated by the underhanded, crooked, self-serving, etc. (you get the idea) Penn State Board of Trustees and their loose cannon liar Freeh and his compendium of non-factual garbage.

    Would be nice to know where caring alums can send money to aid with the statue effort.

    • Jon Palmer

      They are going to raise money for the statue thru the Kickstarter website.

  • Jon Palmer

    This statue should only be the beginning of the recognition for all that Joe has done for us.