Renaming Beaver Stadium has been a topic, or a possibility at least, for quite some time. Now, after Joe's passing, that has gained a lot of steam, even going as far as having an online petition going to get it renamed to Paterno Field at Beaver Stadium.
One of my favorite Facebook statuses on Sunday pointed out how appropriate it was that Joe's name was on a library, and not a football field. While I never met Joe, nor knew him personally, I've been torn as to what I think should be done, in the best interests of Joe, and how to balance that with paying proper tribute to the man we owe so much to.
I personally think that Curtin in between University and Porter should be named "Paterno Way." I feel like this is a good way of paying tribute to him, while not making him bigger than the teams and coaches that follow, something that I think he wouldn't want. The buses pull up there each game day, the players enter the stadium on that road every Saturday, and every player and coach would be reminded of him as they do.
Penn State has always been about more than the individual. It's been about the team. No names on the jerseys. Team before self. These are values that Joe espoused and ingrained in all his players, and by association, us as alumni and fans. Leaving the name as Beaver Stadium allows the teams and coaches of the future to make their own history, while always being reminded of the man who made it all possible as they enter the stadium.
So I pose the question to you folks: what should the university do to honor Joe in perpetuity, or are the library and the statue enough?