Joe Paterno (December 21, 1926 – January 22, 2012) was the head coach of the Penn State Nittany Lions football team from 1966 to 2011, compiling a 409-136-3 record and winning two national championships. He was the most winningest head coach in Division I college football history. In November 2011 he was fired after he was mentioned in a grand jury report related to the Jerry Sandusky child abuse case. He was not accused of any crime.
Paterno addressed the 1988 Republican convention.
On January 22, 2012, Paterno died of lung cancer.