There has been a lot of talk about Joe Paterno’s legacy after yesterday’s release of the Freeh report. For context, one’s legacy is loosely defined as what people remember most about the person. In sports, as in life, it’s usually the highest high or the lowest low. For Paterno, it’s obviously now a little more complicated than that.
But the reality is that it’s hard to define someone’s legacy in a few sentences, let alone a few words. So that’s exactly what we’re going to try to do.
If you’ve ever played the game Taboo, then you’ve gone through this before: quickly communicate what/who you’re talking about as efficiently as possible. This time though, there is also a word limit. In a very Twitter-like exercise, we’re seeing how many athletes and coaches we can “define” in five words or less, so much so that the answer is unmistakable.
- Five words or less
- No first, middle, or last names
- No nicknames
- No mention of teams played for or coached
Here are ten – we will add worthy submissions as we go.
Give us some suggestions in the comments below, or tweet @collegespun using hashtag #sportsicons.