DeAndre Levy: Proudest college moment was breaking 'dirtbag' Joe Paterno's leg
DeAndre Levy was responsible for one of the more infamous plays in B1G history.
The former Wisconsin star and current Detroit Lions linebacker was the reason that the late Joe Paterno broke his leg during a 2006 game. The play wasn’t dirty, but Levy’s helmet drove into Paterno’s leg on the tackle.
Levy, who is currently injured himself, was asked about that play in a recent interview with Men’s Journal. According to Levy, he has no regrets about injuring Paterno. In fact, he said he was proud of injuring “that dirtbag” Paterno.
Here’s the excerpt from the Men’s Journal article:
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.”
Paterno has remained a topic of national discussion since his death in 2012. His coverup of the Jerry Sandusky scandal ultimately led to his dismissal from the team.
Obviously there are people who still feel strongly about his role in the process. Still, it’s not often you hear anyone admit to being “proud” about breaking an 80-year-old man’s leg.
Here was the play Levy referenced: