Even at 84 years old, Joe Paterno is one tough football coach.
Paterno was hospitalized Sunday night after taking an accidental blindside hit from one of his players during a Penn State practice. Wide receiver Devon Smith was running a route and ran into Paterno, knocking him over. According to the university, Paterson suffered injuries to his hip and right arm, but walked away from the collision under his own power. Paterno was kept overnight at Mount Nittany Medical Center and even conducted his morning coaching meetings via speakerphone from there. While doctors are still assessing his injuries, the university said Paterno would not need surgery.
"I expect to be back at practice soon. I'm doing fine; tell everyone not to worry about me," Paterno said in a statement. "I like the effort I have seen from the squad during our first few practices, but we have a long way to go to get ready for the schedule we have."
However, ESPN's Chris Fowler wrote via his Twitter page that PaternoRead More »from Paterno hospitalized after weekend practice collision, but insists he’s OK, folks