Three Pennsylvania legislators have nominated Penn State Football Coach Joe Paterno for the Medal of Freedom for his “his substantial contributions to collegiate athletics, higher education and American society.”
Sens. Bob Casey and Pat Toomey and U.S. Rep. Glenn Thompson made the announcement this morning. The Presidential Medal of Freedom honors individuals who make a contribution to the security or national interests of the United States, world peace, cultural or other significant public or private endeavors.
Here’s a portion of the letter Casey, Toomey and Thomspon penned to nominate Paterno:
“The Presidential Medal of Freedom has historically been awarded for meritorious contributions to the national interests of the United States. Coach Paterno’s contributions exceed this standard by a considerable degree and we respectfully request that you provide him your utmost consideration for the award.”