DeAndre Levy: Breaking Joe Paterno’s leg highlight of college career
DeAndre Levy, one of the NFL’s more interesting personalities, should prepare himself for an onslaught of attention in light of some controversial remarks he made in a recent interview with Men’s Journal.
In the profile, the Detroit Lions linebacker says the “proudest moment” of his college career when he starred with the Wisconsin Badgers came in a 2006 game against the Penn State Nittany Lions when he inadvertently broke Joe Paterno’s leg.
The play in question occurred when Levy was making a tackle on the sideline. The momentum took him into Penn State’s bench and directly into the then-79-year-old Paterno.
Levy calls the play “my proudest moment in college” because of Paterno’s believed role in the coverup of assistant coach Jerry Sandusky’s child sex abuse scandal. Paterno was fired in 2011 amid the fallout of the scandal.
Sandusky currently is serving a 30-to-60-year sentence in prison after being convicted on 45 counts of sexual abuse. Court filings accuse Paterno of covering up Sandusky’s sexual abuse going back all the way to the 1970s.
“That dirtbag, man,” Levy said of Paterno. “We’ve gotta stop prioritizing sports over humanity. Just because somebody can throw a football or coach football, they’re excluded from their wicked acts.”
There are of course many who share Levy’s view of Paterno in light of developments in the Sandusky case that continue to this day. It will be interesting to see, however, how the reaction to Levy’s controversial comments ultimately play out, although odds are good his critical comments of Paterno won’t be viewed as favorably in State College, Pa.