U.S. Rep. Glenn Thompson, R Howard Township, nominated Penn State head football coach Joe Paterno to receive the Presidential Medal of Freedom in a letter sent Thursday to President Barack Obama.
“There has never been an accusation of corrupt recruiting and, in what is depressingly rare, his players stay in school and graduate,” says the letter, which praises Pater-no’s generosity and support of the Pennsylvania Special Olympics.
Sixteen Pennsylvania representatives — most of the state’s delegation — endorsed the nomination along with Penn State almunus Rep. Frank Wolf, of Virginia.
“This is really unusual,” Thompson spokeswoman Tina Kreisher said Saturday. “It takes somebody like Paterno to inspire folks to this level.”
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