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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

Hey John King, CNN and the World: Here’s Who We Are… Hey John King, CNN and the World: Here’s Who We Are…
2 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Jay Paterno
Last Wednesday, as election results were reported ever so slowly, the eyes of the country and the world turned to Pennsylvania via CNN’s John King and his magic wall. And right there in the middle of the state, an island unto itself, was a lone blue county standing out dramatically in a sea of red [Read More]
Opinion: Cast Your Vote and Assert the Power of Ballots Over Bullies
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Opinion: Cast Your Vote and Assert the Power of Ballots Over Bullies
4 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Jay Paterno
Election Day is Tuesday and while millions of Americans have already voted, millions more will stand in line to vote on Tuesday. As that day approaches, we’re seeing threats and warnings of confrontation and even violence at polling places. So what should we do? [Read More]
Opinion: Joe Biden Is a Man of Light in a Time of Darkness
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Opinion: Joe Biden Is a Man of Light in a Time of Darkness
6 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Jay Paterno
On Nov. 3, I will vote for Joe Biden and not against anyone. It is a vote for a united future, to renew our continuing journey toward the “more perfect union” promised centuries ago. My motivation to vote also comes from a belief that we fly only one flag for our country. There are no names on t [Read More]
3 Leadership Lessons from a Quiet Man
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3 Leadership Lessons from a Quiet Man
8 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Jay Paterno
In times like these, we should recall those for whom leadership was a call to service and not a self-serving position to bellow boisterous, bogus bravado. One man that is often overlooked is General and President Dwight Eisenhower. For 2020 there are three elemental Eisenhower lessons that we’d do [Read More]
College Football Is Back... But What Comes Next?
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College Football Is Back... But What Comes Next?
10 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Jay Paterno
Amid the immediate euphoria of the Big Ten now trying to play in 2020, in the not-too-distant future we may recall this year college football and think of the phrase “penny wise and pound foolish.” [Read More]
On a Silent Saturday, We'll Remember Past Glory and Hold Hope for the Future
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On a Silent Saturday, We'll Remember Past Glory and Hold Hope for the Future
12 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Jay Paterno
Around noon this Saturday, no matter where we are, we’ll get the itch. We’ll know we should be in Beaver Stadium watching the birth of a new season as the kicker drives the football arcing end over end into the arms of a waiting kick returner. But like many things in 2020, it is not to be. [Read More]
Big Ten Football Postponement Is Difficult, but Look at the Bigger Picture
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Big Ten Football Postponement Is Difficult, but Look at the Bigger Picture
14 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Jay Paterno
What you are about to read is not to take one side or the other, but rather to illuminate perspective that impacts a decision to postpone a season, a side of this that has not been communicated effectively. [Read More]
Don't Blame College Players for Opting Out of the Season of COVID-19
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Don't Blame College Players for Opting Out of the Season of COVID-19
16 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Jay Paterno
If you were a major-college football player facing the season of COVID-19, would you opt-out this year? [Read More]
John Lewis's Death Reminds Us of Sacrifices Made and Work Still Ahead
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John Lewis's Death Reminds Us of Sacrifices Made and Work Still Ahead
18 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Jay Paterno
The death of Congressman John Lewis reminded us of the sacrifices made for equality in America, but also reminded us of the remaining challenges and the efforts we must undertake. [Read More]
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