U.S. House honors Joe Paterno for 400th win

November 18, 2010

The U.S. House of Representatives has passed a resolution recognizing Penn State head football coach Joe Paterno for his 400th career victory and for his "on- and off-the-field example of honor, success, integrity and respect for thousands of players, coaches, students and fans throughout the nation.” The resolution, sponsored by Pennsylvania Rep. Glenn Thompson, passed Nov. 17 by a landslide, 417-3.

Paterno marked win 400 with a comeback victory against Northwestern at home in Beaver Stadium on Nov. 6. He began coaching at Penn State in 1950. This season marks his 45th year as the University’s head coach. Paterno has coached and won more bowl games than any other coach.

Sen. Bob Casey also has introduced a resolution in the U.S. Senate honoring Paterno’s big day. Because of Senate rules, Casey’s resolution is worded differently, but still seeks to honor Penn State’s winningest football coach.

All members of the Pennsylvania delegation, plus representatives and delegates from Tennessee, New Jersey, Connecticut, Missouri, New York, Texas, Puerto Rico, Florida and Hawaii co-sponsored the resolution, which can be viewed at http://www.gop.gov/bill/111/2/hres1715 online.

The video of Thompson’s speech to the House can be viewed at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dR0fWva9VNE online.

  • Penn State football coach Joe Paterno in a photo taken during a celebration held immediately after his 400th win on Nov. 6. Paterno was recognized by the U.S. House of Representatives for his achievement in a resolution passed Nov. 17. To see more photos from Paterno's 400th victory, click on the image above.

    IMAGE: Annemarie Mountz
Last Updated December 14, 2010