by Travis Normand
I was reminded today of an article I wrote and published over at BleacherReport.com. The article was posted 25 January 2012, and concerned the passing of Joe Paterno. More specifically, I was reminded that I would never get the chance to meet one of my “college football idols.” Here is an excerpt from that article:
JoPa was the last “great one” and there will never be another like him. With his death, we enter a new world of college football. Our connection to the past is gone, and with it another college football experience is forever unattainable.
I once told a friend of mine that I was going to get on a plane and fly to State College, Pa. My whole purpose in going was merely to shake Joe Paterno’s hand. I did not want to take up his time or bother him for an autograph. I simply wanted to say that I had the honor of meeting Joe Paterno.
I never did catch that flight to Pennsylvania.