Ex-players ask Penn State to bring back Joe Paterno statue

Written by The Associated Press | Jul 6, 2016 1:11 PM

FILE PHOTO: In this Jan. 22, 2012 file photo, a woman pays her respects at a statue of Joe Paterno outside Beaver Stadium on the Penn State University campus after learning of his death. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar, File)

(State College) -- More than 200 former Penn State football players are petitioning university leaders to return the bronze statue of Joe Paterno that stood outside Beaver Stadium. 

The statue of the late football coach was removed in 2012, after his former assistant coach Jerry Sandusky was convicted of child sexual abuse and an investigation accused Paterno and other ex-university officials of covering up complaints about Sandusky.  

The players sent a letter Tuesday to the board of trustees and Penn State President Eric Barron calling for the statue's return.

The players also want an apology to Paterno's wife, Sue, and the restoration of the wall that stood behind the statue. 

A university spokesman says there will be "a time and a place'' to acknowledge Paterno's legacy.

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