Lions’ Levy: Breaking Paterno’s leg ‘proudest’ college moment

The Detroit News
DeAndre Levy while playing for Wisconsin in 2007.

Detroit Lions linebacker DeAndre Levy, while playing for Wisconsin in a 2006 game against Penn State, rolled into then-79-year-old coach Joe Paterno while making a tackle. Paterno suffered a broken leg and ligament damage.

Paterno was fired in November 2011 after he was implicated in the Jerry Sandusky child sex abuse scandal at Penn State and died two months later.

Levy now says breaking Paterno’s leg was "my proudest moment in college," he told Men’s Journal.

"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."

Lions coach Jim Caldwell was the quarterbacks coach under Paterno at Penn State from 1986-92.

On his reaction to Levy’s comments, Caldwell said: “I think I’ve gone on record many times on how I’ve felt about Joe. In regards to our players making their statements about how they feel, I’d be hypocritical to tell you anything other than the fact that they can express their opinion. We don’t all necessarily agree with it.”

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