Video highlights of a number of the speeches are available. Below is the tribute video that was shown at the Joe Paterno Memorial Service. It was introduced by Kenny Jackson, who was the the first of 12 speakers after an opening invocation. Jackson said,
“He always deflected praise, never thought he was the show. Today, my teacher, you have no choice. Today we’re going to show you how much we love you.”
Jimmy Cefalo, a wide receiver for Paterno in the 1970s and who played for the Miami Dolphins of the NFL, said, “He took the sons of coal miners, and he took the sons of steel-mill workers and of farmers in rural Pennsylvania, with the idea that we would come together, and we would do it the right way, the Paterno way.”
Another tribute came from Phil Knight, who addressed the Jerry Sandusky scandal in his comments at the Joe Paterno memorial service. It is the Sandusky scandal that eventually led to Joe Paterno's firing, shortly after it became blockbuster news, and the week after Paterno won his 409th game to become Division I football's all-time winningest coach.
Phil Knight is a longtime Paterno friend and co-founder of Nike.
“It turns out he gave full disclosure to his superiors, information that went up the chain to the head of the campus police and the president of the school,” Knight said. “The matter was in the hands of a world-class university and a president with an outstanding national reputation. Whatever the details of the investigation are, this much is clear to me: if there is a villain in this tragedy, it lies in that investigation, not in Joe Paterno.”
Appropriately, son Jay Paterno had the final words. He spoke of Sunday, as Paterno lay dying. “On Sunday morning, I ... kissed him and whispered into his ear so only he could hear. I said, ‘Dad, you won. You did all you could do. You’ve done enough. We all love you. You won. You can go home now.’”
If you wish to watch the entire service, you can do so below. The Joe Paterno memorial service is embedded below, in five parts.
Invocation by Father Matthew Laffey
Glee Club sings Alma Mater
Speaker: Kenny Jackson
VIDEO: "Have I Told You.."
Speaker: Todd Blackledge
Speaker: Lauren Perrotti
Speaker: Charlie Pittman
Speaker: Jeff Bast
Speaker: Susan Welch
Speaker: Phil Knight
Speaker: Jimmy Cefalo
VIDEO: "Joe's Voice"
Speaker: Speaker: Chris Marrone
Speaker: Michael Robinson
Speaker: Mike Mauti
Speaker: Jay Paterno
Performer: Kurtis Cleckner- Blue Band Trumpeter
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