Tennessee Titans coach Mike Munchak, who played at Penn State for Coach Joe Paterno, paid his respects to the legendary coach who died Sunday morning at age 85.
"Coach Paterno was one of the legends of coaching and his passing is very sad for all of his former players and the Penn State family," Munchak said.
"His accomplishments both on and off the field will never be matched. What he was most proud of though was not what we accomplished, but how we accomplished it - 'success with honor' was his phrase for it.
"He instilled a spirit in each of us that we were part of something bigger than ourselves and upholding the Penn State tradition. The things I learned at Penn State are still with me today and they have made me a better person and a better coach.
"My thoughts go out to his family in this extremely difficult time.
Rest assured coach Paterno will never be forgotten because his traditions and legacy will be carried on by all of his former players and the fans of Penn State."
Paterno was fired as the Nittany Lions' coach amid the Jerry Sandusky scandal that emerged last fall, when it was determined that he did not do enough upon learning of an alleged sexual assault by Sandusky on a young boy. Shortly after he was fired, Paterno was diagnosed with lung cancer and had been hospitalized since Jan. 13.
Munchak, early on, was rumored to be Penn State's target to replace Paterno at Penn State, but he repeatedly denied interest in the job and the school eventually hired Bill O'Brien to be the next head coach.