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November 17, 2016

Lions linebacker calls breaking Joe Paterno’s leg ‘his proudest moment in college’

Back in 2006, Detroit Lions linebacker DeAndre Levy was playing for the Wisconsin Badgers in a game against Penn State. Anthony Morelli (remember him?) threw a pass near the Penn State sideline, Levy had aggressive and solid coverage on the play, and Joe Paterno ended up breaking his leg as a result of the collision:

Fast-forward ten years, and Levy, maybe the most outspoken NFL player against domestic violence and sexual assault, looks back fondly on that hit. At the time, Jerry Sandusky’s sexual abuse and Penn State’s handling of it weren’t yet public knowledge. From Men’s Journal:

Ten years later, Levy now calls that incident "my proudest moment in college," as history has since revealed Happy Valley's sad secrets. "That dirtbag, man," says Levy of Paterno, who was recently implicated as being aware of child sexual abuse committed by his assistant Jerry Sandusky as early as 1976. "We've gotta stop prioritizing sports over humanity," says Levy. "Just because somebody can throw a football or coach football, they're excluded from their wicked acts."
Levy obviously wasn’t trying to injure Paterno on the play, but now he’s glad that he did. As for advice on how to react to his claim? Well, that one is up to you.

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