​Sue Paterno Gets Hospitalized After Injury Fall​​

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February 27, 2021

Sue Paterno, the widow of longtime Penn State football coach Joe Paterno, was hospitalized on Feb. 27 after suffering from injuries after a fall.Thursday, the family’s spokesman confirmed.

Dan McGinn, a spokesperson for the Paterno family, says Sue Paterno fell and was hospitalized for observation. The family says she fell while on Penn State’s campus.

“She is in good spirits and expects to be released in a day or so,” he said in an e-mail. Paterno was expected to give the eulogy at the funeral of a close friend Thursday. Ryan McCombie read the eulogy on her behalf at the funeral for retired U.S. Marine Col. Gerald S. Russell. McCombie told mourners that Paterno suffered a broken pelvis after falling.

Paterno was a close friend to Russell through their work for the Pennsylvania Special Olympics.

The fifth annual Paterno Family Beaver Stadium Run for Special Olympics Pennsylvania will return to Penn State on Blue White Weekend for a fifth consecutive year on April 13.

Proceeds will help underwrite the cost of participation for more than 2,000 athletes at the 2014 Special Olympics Pennsylvania Summer Games at Penn State in June.

Joe Paterno’s Widow

Last year, Paterno said she and her husband were ignorant about sexual predators like Jerry Sandusky and did not realize that the former Penn State assistant football coach was abusing the boys he met through a children’s charity that he founded.

“We have been unaware of how a predator behaves,” Paterno said at a program celebrating Child Abuse Awareness Month in Pennsylvania. “In many cases, we unknowingly helped him `groom’ his victims while we thought we were helping a child achieve self-esteem and find a better life.”

Paterno said she was horrified when she learned the truth about Sandusky after his arrest in November 2011.

Her husband, a College Football Hall of Fame coach who led the Penn State’s Nittany Lions for 46 years, died in January 2012 at 85.

Jay Paterno, one of the couple’s five children, also spoke at the breakfast gathering sponsored by the Pennsylvania Family Support Alliance.

The group’s executive director, Angela Liddle, acknowledged that some members questioned the choice of the Paternos as speakers, but she defended the decision and described the family as “good folks.”

An internal probe led by former FBI director Louis Freeh and completed in July accused Joe Paterno and three former Penn State administrators of covering up an abuse allegation about Sandusky more than a decade ago in an attempt to shield the university from bad publicity. Paterno was fired by the university trustees days after Sandusky was charged.

The Paterno family has vehemently denied that Joe Paterno had any knowledge about Sandusky’s crimes against children.