Sue Paterno writes letter to PSU lettermen as anniversary of Joe’s firing approaches

STATE COLLEGE, Pa. (WHTM) – Sue Paterno, wife of late Penn State head football coach Joe Paterno, wrote a letter to Penn State lettermen about the upcoming fourth anniversary of Joe’s firing.

The letter was posted to the Paterno family’s website.


Joe Paterno was fired November 9, 2011, by the Penn State Board of Trustees on the same day that Paterno had announced he would retire at the end of the 2011 football season.

In the letter, Sue writes that Joe and she hoped the Board of Trustees would correct its mistakes regarding Joe’s firing and “wholesale indictment of the football program and the Penn State culture.”

“…everyone who cares about Penn State [deserves] the truth.”

Sue goes on to write, “we have not given up on setting the record straight – and we never will. Four years of secrecy are enough. The victims, their families, each of you and everyone who cares about Penn State [deserves] the truth.”

She told the lettermen that she was proud of them and that she prays for Jerry Sandusky’s victims.

In a postscript, Sue asked the lettermen to save the date of September 17, 2016, which is the 50th anniversary of Joe’s first game as Penn State’s head coach.

She said a special event is being planned.

To read the full letter, click here.

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