Former Wisconsin linebacker DeAndre Levy was part of one infamous play in his college career.
As a sophomore in 2006, he made 50 tackles, but none were as noteworthy as one he had against Penn State. While driving a receiver out of bounds, Levy nailed then-Penn State coach Joe Paterno in the knee with his helmet. The accidental hit broke Paterno’s leg.
Ten years later, Paterno’s legacy has vastly changed in the wake of the Jerry Sandusky child abuse scandal, and Levy is taking pride in the hit.
In a story in Men’s Journal, Levy recalled the hit and said it’s now his “proudest moment in college.” He also called Paterno a “dirtbag.” Here is the full excerpt from the interview:
Born and raised in Milwaukee, where his mother is an assistant at a medical office and his father works on the line in a steel factory, Levy was a star linebacker at Wisconsin. He was most famous for a 2006 play against Penn State, a sideline tackle that accidentally drove him into coach Joe Paterno, breaking JoePa’s left leg. Ten years later, Levy now calls that incident “my proudest moment in college,” as history has since revealed Happy Valley’s sad secrets. “That dirtbag, man,” says Levy of Paterno, who was recently implicated as being aware of child sexual abuse committed by his assistant Jerry Sandusky as early as 1976. “We’ve gotta stop prioritizing sports over humanity,” says Levy. “Just because somebody can throw a football or coach football, they’re excluded from their wicked acts.”
The article was titled “DeAndre Levy: The most interesting man in the NFL” and the linebacker detailed a lot about himself on and off the field. Levy has been injured for most of the 2015 and 2016 seasons, but had established himself as a strong defender in the NFL through his first six seasons.
He finished his career at Wisconsin after the 2008 season.