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Detroit Lions’ DeAndre Levy: Breaking Joe Paterno’s Leg Was My ‘Proudest Moment in College’

screen-shot-2016-11-18-at-5-24-17-pm-1Former University of Wisconsin linebacker DeAndre Levy was a second team All-Big Ten selection in 2007. In 2008, he was an all-conference honorable mention. He won national defensive player of the week honors for one particularly strong game in his senior season — when he recorded nine tackles, a sack, and an interception against Fresno State.

But the moment he says he’s most proud of in college happened in 2006 — when he accidently broke the left leg of former Penn State head coach Joe Paterno on a sideline tackle.

“That dirtbag, man,” Levy said of Paterno, in a profile published by Men’s Journal.

According to court testimony in July, Paterno’s knowledge of the child sexual abuse committed by former Penn State defensive coordinator Jerry Sandusky dated back to 1976. Paterno, who died of cancer in 2012, never acted on his knowledge, per court testimony.

“I don’t want to hear about any of that kind of stuff. I have a football season to worry about,” Paterno is alleged to have said.

Levy expressed his disdain for that mindset — and for the late Paterno.

“We’ve gotta stop prioritizing sports over humanity,” Levy said. “Just because somebody can throw a football or coach football, they’re excluded from their wicked acts.”

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