Joe Paterno was the head coach of Penn State for 46 years, longer than any college football coach. He built a perennial winner, winning the national championship on two occasions (1982 and 1986). His coaching records are too numerous here to count.
He was the model of integrity, always striving after excellence. His motto, “Success with Honor” tells the whole story. He impacted many with his life. He gave millions back to Penn State to help support the school. I have heard him called, “The Most Powerful Man in Pennsylvania” (not by actual power, but by power of influence).
But it all came crashing down when the child-sex abuse scandal involving ex-defensive coordinator Jerry Sandusky came to light. He knew about the abuse, but turned a blind eye. His legacy is forever tarnished.
It teaches us a good lesson: the best of men are men at best. People will always disappoint us. May we learn this lesson well.
But, there is one who will never disappoint–the Lord Jesus Christ. The Scriptures say, “He who believes in Him will not be disappointed” (1 Peter 2:6).