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Lions linebacker DeAndre Levy, 29, has had a successful career over the past eight years, but he says none of it can compare to breaking the leg of a 79-year-old man.
That might sound crazy, but the man in question was Joe Paterno, the now-deceased former college coach who, it emerged in July, had looked the other way during a child abuse scandal.
Moment - College - Levy - Campaigner - Violence
That was 'my proudest moment in college,' Levy, a campaigner against domestic violence and for human rights, told Men's Journal.
Levy was playing college football for Wisconsin during the fateful match in November 2006, when he tackled Penn State tight end Andrew Quarless in the fourth play of the third quarter.
Pair - Flow - Bounds - Levy - Head
The pair flow out of bounds and Levy's head collided with the leg of Penn State coach Paterno, then almost 80, fracturing his shin bone and tearing ligaments.
Video shows his leg bending backwards near the knee as he falls.
June - Year - Paterno - Boy - Coach
In June this year it emerged that Paterno had 'walked away' from a 14-year-old boy in 1976 after the teen told him fellow coach Jerry Sandusky had molested him in a shower.
The victim testified in court in 2012 that Paterno had said: 'I don’t want to hear about any of that kind of stuff, I have a football season to worry about.'
Emergence - Paterno - Behavior - Accident
The emergence of Paterno's shocking behavior retroactively made the painful accident a...
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