Legendary Penn State football coach Joe Paterno died Sunday, just a few months after announcing he had lung cancer. He was 85.
Paterno was born in 1926 in Brooklyn.
He served as an assistant coach at Penn State from 1950 to 1965.
He became head coach in 1966 and kept that post until late 2011, when he was fired amid criticism of how he handled an allegation that one of his assistant coaches sexually abused a boy several years earlier.
Under Paterno, Penn State had undefeated seasons in 1968, 1969 and 1973 and the first national championship of his tenure in 1982.
Paterno was named national coach of the year five times,was added to the College Football Hall of Fame in 2006 and became the winningest coach in major college football history in 2011 with 409 victories.
Penn State University football head coach Joe Paterno shares a laugh with reporters during a news conference held in Orlando in 1997.
Penn State Universty head coach Joe Paterno celebrates his 300th career win at Beaver Stadium in State College in 1998.
Penn State head coach Joe Paterno disputes a call with an official during a game in 2000.
Paterno takes the field with his players for the Orange Bowl game with Florida State University in Miami in 2006.
Paterno reacts after his team's triple-overtime 26-23 win over Florida State University in the Orange Bowl game in Miami in 2006.
Penn State head coach Joe Paterno talks with player Devon Still before a game in 2010.
Penn State head coach Joe Paterno talks with assistant coach Mike McQueary during the fourth quarter of the 2010 Capital One Bowl.
Paterno waves his cap at fans while walking off the field following the Capital One Bowl NCAA football game against Louisiana State University in 2010.
Joe Paterno at a press conference.
Paterno walks to his residence after speaking to a group of students rallying outside it in November 2011 shortly after a scandal broke that ultimately ended Paterno's career. Former assistant coach Jerry Sandusky was accused of abusing children, and questions arose as to whether Paterno did enough when allegations were brought to him.
Paterno is surrounded by reporters asking about sexual abuse allegations against Jerry Sandusky, one of Paterno's former assistant coaches.
A freshman places a candle at the Joe Paterno statue outside Beaver Stadium in the Penn State University campus.
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