Is someone who helps cover up child molesters to protect a football franchise a hero? Do hippos fly?
I have always thought the word "hero" was overused regarding sports figures. So from that standpoint, in my mind, neither Joe Paterno nor any other coach is a hero. Some can be good mentors. Some can be talented coaches. The pilot "Sully" Sullenberger III, who landed a plan with passengers on the Hudson River with no injuries is a hero. Sally Ride, the first woman astronaut, who just died of cancer was a hero. Neil Armstrong who walked on the moon, and all the other astronauts are heroes. The person who donates a kidney or bone marrow to help another is a hero.
Sports figure, be it high school, college or professional, are not heroes. Some have the potential of being good roll models, but those ranks appear to be shrinking.
To answer this question consider what would have been his reputation and that of the university if he turned in Sandusky.
Would the school have any different reputation than it does now?
Would the university have congratulated Paterno for releasing the bad news.
Is it likely or not that higher ups at the university were also aware of the Sandusky problem?
Does the university and its students want to give back all their winning games under Paterno now? As an act of full contrition?
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