I'm beginning to wonder whether there's something we don't know about here, Paterno joked. Maybe they're telling us something.
The only message on this day was one of respect for two men who have combined to win 713 games. The first recipient of the Gold Medal was Dwight D. Eisenhower in 1958, one of seven U.S. presidents on the list. Other winners include Jackie Robinson, John Wayne, Byron Whizzer White, Keith Jackson and General Tommy Franks.
The Gold Medal recognizes outstanding Americans who have demonstrated integrity and honesty, achieved significant career success and have reflected the basic values of those who have excelled in amateur sport, particularly football. The medal will be awarded at the National Football Foundation Awards Dinner in New York Dec. 5.
In the Thursday teleconference, both coaches spoke eloquently about being honored with the award. Though Bowden did wonder aloud what else is left to win after reaching this peak.
I didn't want to max out this early, that's what I'm worried about Bowden said with a laugh. I ain't got but one more big one, and that's up there.
You're not going up there for a while, Bobby, Paterno replied.
Click the link below if you'd like to hear the teleconference featuring Paterno and Bowden.