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Joe Paterno Nominated For Presidential Medal Of Freedom

This hasn't been the best recruiting year for Penn State for a variety of reasons.  That said, what says "Trust me with your son's education.  I'll take care of him" better than being nominated for a Presidential Medal of Freedom?

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U.S. Rep. Glenn Thompson, RHoward Township, nominated Penn State head football coach Joe Paterno to receive the Presidential Medal of Freedom in a letter sent Thursday to President Barack Obama.

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“There has never been an accusation of corrupt recruiting and, in what is depressingly rare, his players stay in school and graduate,” says the letter, which praises Pater-no’s generosity and support of the Pennsylvania Special Olympics.

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Sixteen Pennsylvania representatives — most of the state’s delegation — endorsed the nomination along with Penn State almunus Rep. Frank Wolf, of Virginia.

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So that's a nice feather in Joe's cap. That said, his son Jay, Penn State's quarterbacks coach might be more excited about the honor than his father. While Pa's conservative politics are well documented, Jay sits on the other side of the political tracks, having campaigned for then senator Barack Obama in 2008.
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Talk about an epic potential photo op that'll have caption contest written all over it.
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Photographs by dizfunk used in background montage under Creative Commons. Thank you.