Over 200 former Penn State players spanning Joe Paterno's career in Happy Valley,have written to the university requesting to see Paterno's statue returned to campus.
The university removed the monument from outside Beaver Stadium in 2012 after former assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky was convicted of child sexual abuse.
As the former letterment wrote:
We, the undersigned, are united by the common bond of having been a member of the Penn State Football Team. We state, unequivocally, that our program has always been one of integrity, honesty, and respect. Under Coach Paterno, we strove for academic excellence and made an ongoing commitment to becoming better men.
We remain saddened that the Penn State Administration and the Board of Trustees thrust our program and coach into an undeserved negative media frenzy in 2011. Nearly five years after the firestorm, they still have not defended us or corrected the false narrative. Our legacy and our university deserve better. Penn State’s leaders should take two steps toward repairing the damage that they created.
First, restore the statue of Coach Paterno and the players’ wall to where they stood previously outside Beaver Stadium. These testimonies to “Success with Honor” should never have been removed.
Second, a formal apology from the University to Sue Paterno needs to be issued. This is a common act of decency, which is both warranted and long overdue.
The university’s leaders have repeatedly stated a desire to restore unity to the Penn State community. We hope that they will not waste a great opportunity to do so.
Penn State responded to this request, saying that Paterno’s "many contributions" to the school will be addressed at an appropriate “time and place.”