A group of nearly 300 former Penn State football players have penned a letter supporting Joe Paterno following the release of a new HBO movie.
The movie, "Paterno", was unveiled on Saturday night. The role of the former Penn State coach is played by legendary actor Al Pacino.
On Monday, a collection of former Penn State players responded to what they considered to be an inaccurate portrayal of Paterno and his knowledge of Jerry Sandusky's sexual crimes against children.
“As Penn State Lettermen, there was never a question that one day we would see a movie made about Joe Paterno, one that showcased his impact on the game of football, on Penn State University and, on the thousands of men he coached and mentored over his 61-year career.
“Sadly — and wrongly — HBO’s ‘Paterno’ is not that movie. It has been described by producer Barry Levinson as a work of fiction, which is likely the only truth in the entire project. Incredibly, in making the movie, Levinson and his team never consulted a single person who was close to, worked with, or was coached by Joe Paterno.
You can read the entire letter below.
You can find the entire list of former players who signed the letter her, courtesy of The Morning Call.
Paterno's family also released a statement on the film prior to its premier over the weekend.