LEWISTOWN - State and federal legislators react to the death of legendary Penn State Football coach Joe Paterno's death on Sunday. Here are some of the things they said:
* U.S. Representative Glenn 'GT' Thompson - "Today we lost a true champion, a great coach and mentor, and a gentleman who's commitment to education and college athletics has been unparalleled. Coach Paterno's legendary status will live on in the hearts and minds of all football fans, Penn State Alumni, and especially the residents of Happy Valley. My wife and I want to express our deepest condolences to the entire Paterno family. They will remain in our thoughts and prayers."
* Pennsylvania Sen. Jake Corman, R-Bellefonte - "This is a sad day and a tremendous loss for our community, our Commonwealth and the entire Penn State family. ... However, even though we may have lost a great man, we must not lose the Paterno way to have success with honor by building up individuals, communities and institutions."
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Former Penn State football coach Joe Paterno walks around his players as they warm up for a game against Bowling Green on Sept. 5, 1987, in University Park.
* U.S. Senator Bob Casey, D-Pa. - "I was saddened to hear of the passing of Joe Paterno. His long career at Penn State is unrivaled and his accomplishments as the winningest coach in major college football will certainly not be forgotten. My thoughts and prayers go out to his family."
* U.S. Senator Pat Toomey, R-Pa. - "I want to send my condolences to Joe Paterno's family and the Penn State community. Joe dedicated his life to college athletics and higher education. His enormous role in building Penn State into the institution it has become will never be forgotten."