Joe Paterno Once Turned Down A Job Offer And A New Car From Al Davis

Joe Paterno

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As college and NFL teams paid tribute to the passing of NFL legendary owner Al Davis this past weekend, Penn State’s Joe Paterno addressed his relationship with his fellow Brooklyn native.During a post-game interview after Saturday’s defensive win over conference nemesis Iowa 13-3, Paterno reflected on the passing of Davis stating, “he was a tough guy. I am sorry to see him go.”

Most don’t realise, but when Davis became Oakland’s head coach in 1963, he offered Paterno an offensive coordinator position with a $18,000/year salary and a new car. “When Al got the job (in Oakland), he called me to be his offensive coordinator.” I told Al, ‘You know what? You and I would have trouble getting along,’ because I am smarter than you are.”

Joe Paterno, the great storyteller, is and always will be a classic. His Nittany Lions are an impressive 5-1 and are set to face Purdue next weekend for bowl eligibility.

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