Urban Meyer on Paterno: ‘We Have Lost A Remarkable Person’


UPDATED: Sunday January 22, 2012 1:52 PM

Ohio State head football coach Urban Meyer made a statement Sunday in the wake of the news of legendary former Penn State football coach Joe Paterno’s death.
 
“I am deeply saddened to learn about the passing of Coach Joe Paterno. He was a man who I have deep respect for as a human being, as a husband and father, as a leader and as a football coach,” Meyer said. “I was very fortunate to have been able to develop a personal relationship with him, especially over the course of the last several years, and it is something that I will always cherish.”
 
Meyer also shared his thoughts for those who loved Paterno the most.

“My prayers and thoughts go out to his wife, Sue, and to their family, and also to the family he had at Penn State University,” Meyer said. “We have lost a remarkable person and someone who affected the lives of so many people in so many positive ways. His presence will be dearly missed. His legacy as a coach, as a winner and as a champion will carry on forever.”

Former Ohio State head coach Jim Tressel also spoke fondly of Paterno.

“Coach Paterno was the mentor for every coach in American football,” Tressel said in a statement. “He blessed us all and made a difference in thousands of young lives. He will be missed.”

Family announced Sunday that Paterno, 85, had died after battling lung cancer.

He was diagnosed with cancer in November, days after getting ousted as head coach in the aftermath of the child sex abuse charges against former assistant Jerry Sandusky.

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