One of the loudest voices in support of Joe Paterno over the last five years has come from Franco Harris.
Harris, who starred at Penn State from 1969-71 before going on to a Hall of Fame career with the Steelers, has spoken out often for his former coach and against some of the actions of his former school in the wake of the Jerry Sandusky scandal.
He did so again Friday night.
In an interview which aired on ESPN’s Sportscenter Saturday morning, Harris said “I think an apology is in order. They should put Joe’s statue back up and they should put our players’ wall back up. By taking down the wall, they even put blame on the players. All this blame is going to all these places it shouldn’t be,” according to 247 Sports.
Harris was referencing Paterno’s statue, which used to stand outside Beaver Stadium, and the wall behind it. The statue was taken down in July 2012 days after the release of the Freeh Report.
Harris and hundreds of other Penn State lettermen were in attendance for a reunion held Friday night in State College that was not affiliated with the university. Paterno will be publicly recognized by Penn State in a video commemoration during Saturday’s game against Temple.