Four months after Joe Paterno died due to complications from lung cancer, his widow, Sue, will start receiving a state pension of $13.4 million for her husband's 61-year coaching career at Penn State.
Paterno was fired from Penn State in early November for his role in the sexual abuse case involving former defensive coordinator Jerry Sandusky. Sandusky was accused of sexually abusing several boys, including some in the Penn State locker room and showers. Paterno was alerted to this fact, but only told his bosses and did not alert authorities.
Paterno died in January at the age of 85.
Sue Paterno will receive $10.1 million by the end of the month and the rest will be paid out over the next two years. According to Paterno family spokesman Dan McGinn, the family will donate $1.5 million of that sum to various Penn State and State College charities.
The Paternos received a $5.5 million financial package earlier this spring and were given the option to have Joe Paterno's name placed on the stadium, which they rejected.
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