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Midstate man says he is responsible for Paterno billboard

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HUMMELSTOWN, Pa. (WHTM) -

Larry Peters from Derry Township had something to say, so he put his message on a giant billboard for everyone to see.

Peters said he paid for the billboard on Route 22/322 East in Juniata County, near the Thompsontown exit, that reads, "You can't cover up 61 years of success with honor." Underneath that text reads, "Joe Paterno, 409 wins."

That's the number of wins the famed coach had before 111 were vacated by the NCAA.

"I really had a lot of respect for Joe Paterno and I felt how could they do that after he was there for over 60 years," Peters said.

The simple sign is making a lot of noise in the ongoing debate over Joe Paterno's legacy. Peters said he never meant to make a stir but he can understand why those on both sides of the issue are so passionate.

"There's always two sides and I respect people's opinions about how they feel," Peters said.

Peters said the billboard costs him $400 a month. He hopes to keep the sign up until the end of football season.

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