A year after a broken leg prevented him from doing so, Joe Paterno officially will walk into college football history tonight in New York.
Penn State's 80-year-old coach heads a list of 14 who will be inducted into the National Football Foundation's College Football Hall of Fame during ceremonies at the Waldorf-Astoria.
The honor for Paterno, who has 371 victories and will coach his 500th game, against Texas A&M in the Alamo Bowl on Dec. 29, will come a year after it was intended.
The Brooklyn native was supposed to enter the hall last December with a class that included Florida State's Bobby Bowden, the only coach with more career victories. But Paterno broke his leg in a sideline collision at Wisconsin that November.
"I think it's a tribute to what college football can do for an individual. I really do," Paterno said of the honor last week.