MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) – WCCO Radio’s Sid Hartman, a legendary Minnesota sports journalist, said he is deeply saddened by the loss of his close friend Joe Paterno.

“He will go down as a Super Man, a guy that gave thousands of dollars to Penn State, made Penn State what it is today,” Hartman said in an interview Sunday.

Paterno, who put up more wins than any other coach in major college football, was announced dead by his family Sunday morning. He was 85 and suffered from lung cancer.

Hartman said he wasn’t surprised to hear of his friend’s death. After coaching for so long, how could he live without football?

“I think what killed him was giving up coaching, and the fact that he took a lot of blame for this guy Sandusky being on his staff,” Hartman said.

Hartman made it a point to say he thinks Jerry Sandusky is a “terrible man,” but he believes Paterno should not have been considered the scapegoat.

Reflecting on his friend, Hartman said one of his most prized possessions is a picture of Paterno, himself and Glenn Mason, the former Gopher football coach. Paterno autographed the photo and wrote Hartman a note that read: “The only guy older than me that’s working.”

At the time the picture was taken, Paterno was 80 and Hartman was 87.

Hartman said there will be no dark cloud surrounding Paterno’s death. He said those who knew Paterno will remember him as a popular coach and a wonderful man.

The Penn State Alumni Association’s Minnesota Chapter said they are also deeply saddened by the loss of Paterno. They said that since the news of the scandal broke, they have made contributions to a local charity aimed at stopping child abuse.

Comments (19)
  1. No peace, know peace says:

    This guy lost the coach title when he failed to protect children. A life time career record above the safety of children. His record will always be directly tied to Jerry.

  2. Alan DeNiro says:

    this sickened me too. just embarrassing how willing he is to give paterno a free pass

  3. Sean says:

    I thought Sid Hartman died years ago.

      1. Jojo says:

        WOOT zombie hartman is fighting for EVIL!

  4. tb says:

    Hartman is only “legendary” in his own mind.

  5. mama's home says:

    Hartman doesn’t know if he is on foot or horsback – lengendary in his own mind says it all. We should consider his opinion? I think not.

  6. kevin says:

    Sid = Illiterate, stupid, sports blind old fool….who cares if likes child molesters.

    1. jake says:

      What? Your comments make no sense.

      1. kevin says:

        Don’t be stupid Jake…although you are showing your true colors…..

  7. Respect Sid for his opinion says:

    Everyone of you remind me of the wizard who had to hide behind a facade in the Wizard of Oz. If you could be identified by your facebook identities like KSTP requires you might be more careful by the choice of words you are using. Regardless of what Sandusky has done Sid was paying tribute to Paterno’s foot ball skills. As far as Sandusky is concerned that is why we have the criminal justice system. If your brother was a known sexual predator would you like to be guilty by association when you have never done such a thing? I didn’t think so.

    1. Victoria Michels says:

      Any one who idealizes any person who, failed to protect children deserves no respect…Sid shows very poor judgement in the people he calls his friends…Foot ball skills mean nothing here……and in heaven or hell……….

    2. Alan DeNiro says:

      ‘everyone of you’? I used my real name.

      Doesn’t seem like you did, though, ‘Respect.’ Nice try.

  8. podubny says:

    I’m sure Penn State has a comprehensive Harrassment Policy and they would be ill advised to not require attendance by ALL employeees of their org. If they excused JoePa from going to these, shame on Penn State. If he didn’t understand that he was obligated to report such activitiy, it’s his own fault. He, like other Leaders have an obligation to report this kind of criminal activity. Joe was a good guy……4 sure, but if you want to go out on your own terms, ya better tow the line & follow the rules. If all you have going for you is some lame figurehead position with the illusion of being untouchable, you better think twice & ought to pay a little closer attention to who’s doing your work. Sid wake up, ignorance is no excuse of the law……..

  9. alligator says:

    Sid Hartman—-king of the brown nosers and one detestable S….O……B.

  10. Ain't got time to be searched says:

    Sid is Sid, take him with a grain of salt. But to say that Joe Paterno, a football coach, is what made Penn State what it is today, insults every other employee, teacher, etc.. who has worked there and done ghreat things. By giving credit to a football coach for the success of an entire university, well, that’s what’s wrong with todays society.

  11. Just wondering says:

    I wonder if Jerry Sandusky, out of respect for Joe Paterno, decided to never get to know Paterno’s grandsons?

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