Paterno was offered Steelers' job in 1969

With Joe Paterno's not-so-graceful exit from Penn State this week, CBSsports.com unearthed this item regarding the legendary coach from long ago.

Paterno was offered the Pittsburgh Steelers coaching job in 1969, but turned down the $70,000 (which was still a lot of money in 1969) from the Rooney family to take over the struggling franchise.

"It was an awful lot of money, a fantastic offer," Paterno said at the time. "I'd never dreamed of making that much money. Then I started thinking about what I wanted to do. I had put some things out of whack. I haven't done the job I set out to do at Penn State."

Paterno instead wound up spending 46 seasons at Penn State until his unceremonious ouster this week in the wake of the Jerry Sandusky sex scandal.

The Steelers instead hired Chuck Noll and a dynasty was born, with a couple of Paterno's players helping lead the charge in running back Franco Harris and linebacker Jack Ham.

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