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Jay Paterno

State College native and Penn State graduate Jay Paterno is a father, husband and political volunteer. He’s a frequent guest lecturer on campus and at Penn State events and was the longtime quarterbacks coach for the Nittany Lions. His column appears every other Thursday. Follow him on Twitter at http://twitter.com/JayPaterno

Articles by Jay Paterno

Valuing the Journey
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Valuing the Journey
2 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Jay Paterno
For the St. Louis Blues and other championship teams, the journey wasn’t free and it exacted its toll. But the journey is valued above all else because it is what ensures all else. [Read More]
In College Football Recruiting, a Few Decommitments Aren't a Reason to Panic
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In College Football Recruiting, a Few Decommitments Aren't a Reason to Panic
4 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Jay Paterno
A few days ago I bumped into a Penn State fan right after a span where a highly-rated Pennsylvania recruit chose Ohio State and some previous Nittany Lion pledges had decommitted. He asked if Penn State fans should be concerned about that recruit and the run of “decommitments” that were occurr [Read More]
A Team to Remember
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A Team to Remember
6 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Jay Paterno
This spring I witnessed a great sports story showcasing the resilience of young people. This story starts three years ago, when our son transferred to The Academy of The New Church (ANC), a school outside Philadelphia. [Read More]
The Sound of State College in a Simpler Time
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The Sound of State College in a Simpler Time
8 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Jay Paterno
Listening to the rain fall through open windows, youth’s memories in a long-passed Happy Valley era flooded the mind. It was a time of truly sleepy summer days and nights. This past Sunday night, the song “Pick Up the Pieces” by the Average White Band triggered a flashback to 1980s Sunday afte [Read More]
John Urschel Is a Shining Example of What College Football Can Be John Urschel Is a Shining Example of What College Football Can Be
10 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Jay Paterno
Fighting some writer’s block for this week’s column, my attention was caught by a newly released book, “Mind and Matter,” co-written by former Penn State football student-athlete John Urschel and his wife, Louisa Thomas. Something positive to write about was a welcome development. [Read More]
We've Gotten Carried Away with Being Offended
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We've Gotten Carried Away with Being Offended
12 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Jay Paterno
Yes, people say and do things that are offensive, but being offended is a choice. How we choose to respond is completely within our control. [Read More]
In an Angry and Dangerous Time, the Need to Bridge the Divides Is Urgent
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In an Angry and Dangerous Time, the Need to Bridge the Divides Is Urgent
14 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Jay Paterno
We live in an angry time in America, a time when the sparks of disagreement are fanned to become bitter divisions. While division is not new, our current times have made this different and dangerous. [Read More]
Amid Increased Scrutiny of the Media, a Free Press Faces More Calls for Accountability
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Amid Increased Scrutiny of the Media, a Free Press Faces More Calls for Accountability
16 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Jay Paterno
We live in an age of intense tribalism where media mistrust and criticism allows any story we dislike to be dismissed with the phrase #FakeNews. Mistrust and belief of bias has been hastened by the fall of the previously sacrosanct wall between those who deliver opinions and journalists delivering f [Read More]
What a Biden Candidacy Can Bring to Our Country
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What a Biden Candidacy Can Bring to Our Country
18 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Jay Paterno
Joe Biden may or may not jump into it, but the United States is a better nation with him in the 2020 presidential race. His life and career, while imperfect, have been an example of what we can be and an example of the fight we can all have within us. [Read More]
By the Content of Our Character
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By the Content of Our Character
22 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Jay Paterno
The idea of judging each other by the content of our character is under growing pressure. Because ultimately understanding promotes unity, we must learn to appreciate our differences to live with each other. But we seem to be moving the opposite direction. [Read More]
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