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Joe Paterno buried after emotional funeral procession

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Mourners line the sidewalks of Penn State along College Ave., as a procession carries former Penn State Football coach Joe Paterno from the Pasquerilla Spiritual Center to his burial site on Jan. 25. Paterno, who was 85, died on Jan. 22, due to complications from lung cance

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A man kneels in prayer near a statue of legendary Penn State football coach Joe Paterno, Jan. 25.

Former Penn State football coach Joe Paterno's funeral procession drove slowly past Beaver Stadium and through the town where he lived and worked for more than 60 years.

Thousands of mourners waited on the sidewalks, four deep and more in some places, for a glimpse of the electric-blue hearse carrying Paterno's casket. The convoy also included buses filled with Paterno's family, former players and other guests.

Paterno died of lung cancer Sunday at 85. He served as the school's head football coach for 46 years and won two national titles before being fired in November in the wake of a child sex-abuse scandal involving a former assistant.

--The Associated Press contributed to this blog post

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Joe Paterno's funeral procession rolled through the Penn State campus, taking nearly an hour as mourners lined the streets. NBC's Michelle Franzen reports.