He is old and sick and a shell of himself now, but that's not what saddens you about Joe Paterno these days. What saddens you is reading his clear anguish over not acting on allegations against his longtime assistant Jerry Sandusky, and realizing that sometimes icons do not behave like icons.
The most dismaying part of his interview with Sally Jenkins?
That when Mike McQueary came to him with what he saw in the shower that day, he decided not to be Joe Paterno. He decided, instead, to simply pass the buck up the ladder.
"I didn't feel adequate (to act)," said the man who, for all intents and purposes, has pretty much personified Penn State University for four decades.