A quick look at some significant numbers in Joe Paterno's career:
1 College football coaches selected by Sports Illustrated as the Sportsman of the Year. Paterno was chosen in 1986
2 National championships.
3 Big Ten titles
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4 Amount of times the Nittany Lions appeared in a national championship game.
5 Unbeaten, untied seasons.
6 Decades on the coaching staff .
8 Nittany Lions who were two-time Academic All-Americans under Paterno.
9 The number of college coaches that won at least 300 games in their career.
12 Administrations of U.S. Presidents during Paterno’s tenure.
14 Interceptions he made as a Brown University defensive back, a record that still stands.
15 Number of times Penn State has won 11 or more games in a season under Paterno.
16 Years spent as an assistant coach under Rip Engle.
17 Number of grandchildren.
22 The number worn by Penn State’s lone Heisman Trophy winner, John Cappelletti.
24 Bowl victories, an all-time record.
28 Times his teams have ended the season in The Associated Press Top 10.
31 Longest unbeaten streak, from
1967-70, when the Nittany Lions went 30-0-1.
33 Players who became first-round NFL draft picks.
36 Number of appearances in bowl games, the most all-time.
45 Years spent as head coach of the Nittany Lions.