Paterno a study in contradiction

Originally Published: January 22, 2012
By Gene Wojciechowski | ESPN.com

Just 18 months ago, at the annual Big Ten Football Kickoff in Chicago, I half-seriously asked Joe Paterno if he kept a bucket list. He was 83 at the time and his voice was often faint, to the point where you had to lean in close to hear his response.

Paterno had no idea what I was talking about. So I told him a bucket list was a list of things you wanted to do before -- and then I caught myself.

Too late.

"Before I what," said Paterno, suddenly engaged, his voice in full, ...

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