Statement By Former President George H. W. Bush On The Passing of Coach Joe Paterno
January 22, 2012

A family spokesperson has confirmed that Joe Paterno,  former Penn State football coach, has died at the age of 85.  Former President George H.W Bush released the following statement.

 

  I was deeply saddened to hear of the passing of Joe Paterno.  He was an outstanding American who was respected not only on the field of play but in life generally — and he was, without a doubt, a true icon in the world of sports.  I was proud that he was a friend of mine.  Barbara and I send our condolences to his devoted wife Suzanne and to his wonderful family.