Joe P. is a cool guy. He proved it to me one time. Check this out:
I'm a schoolteacher and a couple of years ago I had this kid in my class and the kid was a really good football player. But alas, the kid broke his collarbone early in the year and had to miss the season. Tough kid too - a big hitter.
Anyway, before the injury, whenever the phone would ring I would answer and then say ... "Serefini, its Joe Paterno. He wants to talk to you". The kid laughed every time.
Now he's hurt and kinda bummed out. I called Joe P. 's secretary, asked if there was any way I could get Joe P. to write this kid a get well letter, and in about a week this kid gets a handwritten letter from Joe, telling him to hang in there and keep working hard, help the team out whenever you can and ... get this ... let him know how he's doing.
I have the highest regard for Joe. Big people walk in big steps and that letter showed me just how big his step really is.
The kid recovered to play in the last game of the season and damn near ran a punt back for the winning TD with about 3 seconds to go. He was the short man and the other team shanked one right to him. We should've written Joe and told him about it but we didn't.
Young Mr. Serefini is now in some South American foreign exchange school program, kicking pretty serious *ss in some semi-pro soccer league. Last time I saw him he grabbed me and hollered "Joe Paterno" ... ha ha ha.
Anybody wants to say anything bad about Joe P, they can kiss my southern, SEC lovin whoopseedaisy.