He almost brought a Division 1A program to the door of the NCAA's death penalty. He molested several young men in his care and it cost him his reputation and freedom.
Now Jerry Sandusky, the same man that threw Joe Paterno and Penn State under the wheels of the NCAA bus is reaching out to the outside world. Appears that Jerry is reaching for straws that may or may not be there.
According to TMZ and the Associated Press, Sandusky, who is currently serving a 30 to 60-year sentence for child molestation talked about his prison experience and his appeal. Sandusky was charged and convicted on 45 of 48 charges of child molestation last year.
The letters reveal a lot more than some would think.
Sandusky writes in a letter that was dated May 19th, "I've been quite confined, always searching for purpose. For now, my main purpose is to endure, learn from and grow form this experience. It is very challenging. I exercise, read, meditate and do a lot of writing. I've written and continue to write my account of what has happened. An appeal is in process," he writes in a letter dated June 16, "but I don't know what to think. I would feel better if we could reveal all the information and unfairness."
Jerry. Time to join the rest of us reality. You're not going anywhere, so stop whining. You tried to throw Penn State and Paterno under the bus with the wheels still moving and you failed. Miserably. You were tried fairly and publicly. Let's move on.
The letters, while short, gives the reader a small hint at Sandusky's mindset and how he is grasping for purpose. "God's light has warmed me with many letters of support and motivation," he writes. "My plan is to continue this battle until the last whistle blows. My hope is to serve even better purposes. Each day, my goal is to embrace each day as a gift. Never surrender except to God. Don't let our circumstances get the best of us. Understand God's presence and purpose. Remain as positive as possible. Exercise your mind, body and spirit."
A man that almost cost Penn State its football program only for them to fall upon the mercy of the NCAA and avoid the "death penalty" sat in a prison cell, the same prison cell where he will likely draw his last breath on this Earth wrote letters talking about fairness and justice. Somewhere his victims, both the ones that he molested as well as those that work and attend Penn State are reading about these and are seething and rightfully so. If nothing else, these letters need to be made public to show the world that Jerry Sandusky is a predator that does not deserve to be free. They shed some light on the man that caused chaos for those that he harmed, as well as the university that he worked for.
Granted, there are some that have heard about these letters drawing the light of day are angry. The players that were cheated out of a bowl game but chose to stay in Happy Valley are angry. So are the students that know that their school can't win the Big 10 title are angry. Not to mention those that work in the service areas in and around State College (hotels, restaurants, et al) that almost lost a football program that was and is tied directly to their livelihood. Let's not forget the victims, the ones that suffered at Sandusky's hands all those years. A man that they thought they trusted ruined their lives probably forever.
Time to move on, Jerry. You've become an afterthought. A blemish on the face of a university that wishes to hear your name uttered no more. You tried to destroy a legend in Joe Paterno and failed. You tried to destroy Penn State and failed epically.
You made this hell. You live in it.