The definitive account of the epic life of America's winningest college football coach, published to coincide with Penn State football's first season without their legendary leader. Born in Brooklyn in 1926, Joe Paterno was a first generation college student who became a star quarterback at Brown University. After graduation he was hired by his former coach as assistant coach at Penn State. Over sixty-two seasons the Nittany Lions won 409 games, and Paterno won every distinction the sports industry had to offer. Written with unprecedented access, Paterno gets inside the mind of one of America's most brilliant and charismatic coaches.