- Associated Press - Tuesday, January 24, 2012

STATE COLLEGE, PA. (AP) - Current and former Penn State football players are paying their respects to the late coach Joe Paterno.

Former players including Franco Harris are attending a private viewing at a university spiritual center. Those men began arriving shortly after members of Paterno’s last team filed in from the same buses that carried Paterno and his players to Beaver Stadium on fall Saturdays.

Current players began filing out shortly after 10 a.m., either reboarding buses or on foot, saying they had to get to class.

The public viewing is scheduled to begin at 1 p.m. and continue Wednesday, before a private funeral that afternoon.

Paterno died Sunday, just over two months after being fired by the school in the wake of a child sex abuse scandal involving former assistant Jerry Sandusky.

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