Ex-Bama LB has high praise for Paterno

Woodrow Lowe might have played for the greatest college football coach of all-time, Bear Bryant.

However, Lowe thinks Penn State’s Joe Paterno at least is in the conversation.

“I can’t say who was better, him or Coach Bryant,” Lowe said, “but I loved Coach Paterno.”

A three-time All-American linebacker for Bryant at Alabama in the early 1970s before embarking on a standout pro career with the San Diego Chargers from 1976-86, Lowe, a member of the College Football Hall of Fame, is now in his second stint as head coach at his high school alma mater, Central in Phenix City, Ala. Lowe also spent several years as an assistant coach at both the NFL and college levels.

One of Lowe’s players, defensive back Christian Campbell, signed with Penn State in February and is taking an official visit to the university this weekend for the Blue-White Game. Reached by the Mirror to talk about Campbell, Lowe also showered praise on the Penn State program.

“I played with John Cappelletti. I played with Lydell Mitchell. They were my teammates,” Lowe said. “I have some really good friends who were at Penn State.”

Lowe, who made 21 interceptions with the Chargers and returned four of them for touchdowns, only got to face Penn State once while with the Crimson Tide: Alabama beat the Nittany Lions, 13-6, in the 1975 Sugar Bowl, Lowe’s last college game.

– Philip Cmor