Brown says Paterno’s legacy will be tarnished

Nov 9, 2011, 10:06 PM | Updated: 11:28 pm

The horrible saga unfolding in State College, Pennsylvania
has far-reaching ramifications, most of which have yet to

But in a major development on Wednesday, legendary head
coach Joe Paterno announced that he will step down from
the post that he’s held since 1966 at the end of the

Arizona Cardinals offensive tackle Levi Brown is one of 28
former Nittany Lions currently in the NFL, and he spoke
about the scandal at his alma mater and his former coach’s

“I think it’s hard not to ruin his legacy, especially if
he retires at the end of the season,” Brown said. “Then
he’s retiring because of this situation and it’s going to
be the last thing that everyone remembers.”

Brown’s freshman year was 2002, the same year as the
incident witnessed by Penn State wide receivers coach Mike
McQueary, who was then a graduate assistant. McQueary
testified before a Grand Jury that he saw former Penn
State defensive
coordinator Jerry Sandusky having sex with a boy who
appeared to be ten years of age in a locker room shower.

“I was shocked,” Brown said when asked about Sandusky’s
alleged involvement. “I couldn’t believe it. Sandusky
was probably the fifth or sixth guy I met when I got to
Penn State and to hear that he was capable of something
like that, I would never believe it.”

Brown also said there were never any rumblings or rumors
about Sandusky while he was wearing a Penn State uniform.

Arizona Sports’ Kyndra de St. Aubin contributed to
this report

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