Joe Paterno was head coach at Penn State for nearly 46 seasons in which he won a record 409 games and two national championships. Paterno died Sunday, two months after being diagnosed with lung cancer. He was 85.

His coaching career ended in November when the university fired him in the aftermath of sexual-abuse charges brought against former Penn State defensive coordinator Jerry Sandusky. Here is a look at Paterno through the years:

Slideshow: Joe Paterno Through The Years Slideshow


Joe Paterno, Assistant Coach

Paterno is shown here in 1965, his final season as an assistant at Penn State.


Joe Paterno, Head Coach

Paterno becomes head coach on Feb. 19, 1966, and celebrates with his wife, Sue, and daughters Diana, 2, and Mary, 1.


Joe Says No To NFL

Paterno was close to accepting the Patriots' offer to be their head coach in 1972.


Heisman And Hope

Penn State running back John Cappelletti wins the 1973 Heisman Trophy and enjoys the moment with Paterno and Bob Hope.


JoePa And The Bear

Paterno chats with Bear Bryant two days before the 1979 Sugar Bowl. Alabama won 14-7 to give Bryant his fifth national title.


National Champion

Paterno claims his first national title after Penn State beats Georgia 27-23 in the 1983 Sugar Bowl.


Campus Salute

Paterno and his wife, Sue, brave the snow during a parade in State College to celebrate the Nittany Lions' national championship.


Gearing Up For The Title Game

Paterno and Miami coach Jimmy Johnson sign autographs at a Fiesta Bowl publicity lunch function in December 1986.


Second National Title

Penn State wins its second national title with Paterno after beating Heisman winner Vinny Testaverde, Michael Irvin and the previously top-ranked Miami Hurricanes in the Fiesta Bowl.


Clash Of Legends

Paterno shares a laugh with Bobby Bowden before Penn State and Florida State meet in the inaugural Blockbuster Bowl in 1990.


Clash Of Legends II

Paterno greets Bill Walsh before Stanford beat Penn State in the 1993 Blockbuster Bowl.


Coming Up Roses

Paterno celebrates a win in his first visit to the Rose Bowl as Penn State beats Oregon 38-20 on Jan. 2, 1995.


Tough Times

Penn State finishes 4-7 in 2004, its fourth losing record in five seasons, which prompts calls for Paterno to retire.



Paterno returns in 2005 and guides Penn State to an 11-1 record.


Who's Hungry?

Paterno serves pizza to Penn State students camping out for tickets to the game against Wisconsin in 2005.


Last Bowl Win

Paterno clowns with LSU coach Les Miles before the 2010 Capital One Bowl. Penn State wins 19-17 in what turns out to be Paterno's last bowl victory.


One More From The Road

Penn State beats Northwestern 34-24 on Oct. 22, 2011, in what proves to be Paterno's final road game.


Milestone Moment

Penn State beats Illinois 10-7 on Oct. 29, 2011, in Paterno's last game. It was Paterno's 409th career win to pass Eddie Robinson as the all-time Division I leader.


Last Stand

Paterno watches practice on Nov. 9, 2011, just hours before he is fired.


Giving Thanks

Paterno and his wife, Sue, stand on their porch to thank supporters gathered outside their home on the night he is fired.

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