NFL Stars Mourn the Loss of Joe Paterno: A Fan’s View

Over two dozen former Penn State Nittany Lions are currently in the NFL, so Joe Paterno's passing Jan. 22 at age 85 sent shockwaves through the league.

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"Paterno died Sunday at a State College, Pa., hospital, suffering in his final days from lung cancer, broken bones and the fallout of a horrific scandal that not only cost him his job, but also his trademark vigor and a portion of his good name," says Yahoo! Sports analyst Dan Wetzel. "He was 85 years old."

Here's what some former Nittany Lions and current NFL players said on Twitter of Paterno's death:

A.Q. Shipley

25-year-old free agent center A.Q Shipley was formerly on the Philadelphia Eagles' practice squad, but he was an All-American at Penn State during a brilliant college career. On Jan. 22, he tweeted "RT @chase_it2: The heart of Penn State has stopped. Rest In Peace Joseph Vincent Paterno. Your legend will never die." Follow Shipley on Twitter @aqshipley.

Jared Odrick

Miami Dolphins defensive end Jared Odrick tweeted "One can only hope to impact as many lives as Joe did. His spirit will carry on through all of us and will never be forgotten #RIPJoePa." Follow Odrick on Twitter @jaredodrick98. Odrick was one of the dozens of NFL players to use Twitter to offer words of hope for the Paterno family.

Jordan Norwood

Coach Paterno had a profound impact on Cleveland Browns wide receiver Jordan Norwood's career. On Jan. 22, Norwood tweeted "At a loss for words… One of the most influential men in our nations history. By his passing PSU nations grows even stronger. Love you Joe."

One day earlier, he wrote "Continued prayers for Joe and the family." Follow Norwood on Twitter @jordanorwood.

Aaron Maybin

New York Jets defensive end Aaron Maybin offered plenty of praise for Paterno. On Jan. 22, he tweeted "Thank You Joe 4 taking a chance on me & helping to make me into the man I am today. i will never forget the lessons i learned from u #WeAre." Follow Maybin on Twitter @aaronmaybin51.

Justin King

St. Louis Rams cornerback Justin King appreciates the lessons he learned from Paterno during his time at Penn State. He tweeted "R.I.P Joe..thank you for helping shape me into man I am today..will always be missed.." Follow King on Twitter @theking1.

Bryant Johnson

Houston Texans wide receiver Bryant Johnson has racked up over 5,000 Twitter followers because he's refreshingly honest and spiritual. On Jan. 22, he tweeted "#Paterno was a great man and will be greatly missed by his family, players, coaches, and #PennState. #toughday.

One day earlier, he wrote "My heart goes out to the #Paterno family." Follow Johnson on Twitter @b_johnson89.

Robbie Gould

Chicago Bears placekicker Robbie Gould was signed by the New England Patriots in 2005 as an undrafted free agent after graduating from Penn State. On Jan. 22, he tweeted "Rest in peace joe paterno." Follow Gould on Twitter @robbiegould.

Eric Holden is a New York Jets football fan and Aaron Maybin supporter. Follow him on Twitter @ericholden.

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Updated Sunday, Jan 22, 2012