In Memoriam: Athletes We Lost in 2012

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  • Junior Seau
  • Bob Boozer
  • Joe Paterno
  • Sarah Burke
  • Samia Yusuf Omar
  • Stacy Robinson
  • Pedro Borbon
  • Teófilo Stevenson
  • Art Modell
  • Johnny Pesky
  • Michael Dokes
  • Steve Sabol
  • Emanuel Steward
  • Pascual Pérez
  • Jerry Brown
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  • Jovan Belcher
  • Hector "Macho" Camacho

Joe Paterno

On Jan. 22, Penn State University fans mourned the death of football head coach Joe Paterno, who lost his battle with lung cancer. Affectionately known as "Joe Pa" to fans, the 85-year-old led the team for 46 years, but was fired weeks before his death in the wake of the child sex scandal involving former assistant coach Jerry Sandusky. 

(Photo: AP Photo/Jim Gerberich, File)

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