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Going the extra mile

April 14, 2007 - Neil Rudel

Jerry Sandusky paid his annual visit to Blair County on Friday night as the community once again rallied behind Sandusky's pet project, The Second Mile.

Five locals split the $15,000 prize that goes to first place in the reverse drawing, and The Second Mile takes home $15,000. (When it gets from 200 numbers to five, the lucky ones are invited to the stage and decide to split or keep going. In this case, the final five split).

Sandusky was gracious and entertaining. He made a few jokes about his "former boss," the legendary Joe Paterno, who outlasted the popular defensive coordinator.

Sandusky, who retired after the 1999 season, said he visited Paterno in the hospital after Paterno was injured at Wisconsin this past season.

Sandusky cracked, "I almost felt bad," then shifted the program to a video that outlined The Second Mile mission of providing programming to underprivileged children.

He is, simply, one of the greatest humanitarians in the history of Pennsylvania sports.


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