Pennsylvania representative wants to name bridge after Joe Paterno

Monday May 25th, 2015

Pennsylvania representative Mike Regan plans to introduce a bill that, if passed, would name a bridge in the state after former Penn State football coach Joe Paterno, according to The Patriot-News.

The bill would seek to rename the Pennsylvania Turnpike bridge as the Joseph V. Paterno Memorial Bridge.

Paterno died in January 2012 at the age of 85.

Earlier this year, the NCAA agreed to restore all of Paterno's wins that were vacated in the wake of the Jerry Sandusky scandal. The school was forced to vacate 112 victories from 1998 through 2011—all but one of which came under Paterno—as part of the sanctions following the release of the Freeh Report in 2012.

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The punishment had dropped Paterno's career win total from 409, the most in Division I college football history, to 298. The restoration made the former Nittany Lions coach once again the all-time wins leader in Division I college football history.

Six months after Paterno's death, Penn State removed the bronze statue of the former Nittany Lions coach from outside Beaver Stadium and put it into storage, where it still remains.

- Molly Geary

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