A Funeral for a Legend

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What a site on campus and Wednesday in State College.

Thousands of students were arm in arm along the procession route as Joe Paterno traveled to his final resting place.

It followed an emotional funeral for the legendary Penn State football coach at the chapel on campus as others continue to say their goodbyes to a coach, an educator and a humanitarian.

Close friends, family and invited guests were among those at Wednesday’s funeral for Joe Paterno.

The funeral was private at a chapel on the campus of Penn State, but thousands lined the streets afterwards to pay tribute to a man who will be dearly missed.

The hearse carried Joe Paterno past Beaver Stadium one last time late Wednesday.

That came after a private, two-hour funeral on the Penn State campus. Family gathered with friends, former players and many other loved ones to say goodbye.

It was a modest ending to the funeral for a legend. The casket of Joe Paterno carried with nothing draped over top, no bagpipes or ceremony outside.

The casket carrying the winningest coach in college football history was placed in a blue hearse, fitting for the man who bled blue and white.

That is all the public saw of the funeral.

A who’s who of Penn State past and present arrived to take part in the only real private moment of this week of mourning, a Catholic funeral mass.

Players from now and years ago arrived, filing out of the iconic blue buses the team rides to football games fall Saturdays.

Franco Harris came with quite a group. Todd Blackledge, the quarterback who led PSU to a title was there too.

Kijana Carter paused by the blue hearse to reflect for a bit.

We saw little of the Paterno family before or after, a glimpse of son, Jay, for a bit.

The focus was clearly on Joe and those who knew him best.

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