Photos: Final tributes, Paterno statue removed

Updated 2:00 PM ET, Tue July 24, 2012
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Workers on Tuesday, July 24, remove the concrete landing area and wall where the Joe Paterno statue once stood in State College, Pennsylvania. Centre Daily Times/MCT/LANDOV
A girl takes a picture at the site where the statue of former Penn State University football coach Joe Paterno stood. It sits empty now after it was removed by workers outside Beaver Stadium on Sunday, July 22. Getty Images
The statue was removed exactly six months after Joe Paterno, the winningest coach in Division I football history, died of lung cancer. Getty Images
Workers wrap the statue of late Penn State football coach Joe Paterno in preparation for its removal on Sunday. REUTERS/LANDOV
The 900-pound bronze statue will be stored in a "secure location" in the wake of the Jerry Sandusky scandal, university President Rodney Erickson said. REUTERS/LANDOV
Onlookers battle emotions as the statue is removed Sunday. REUTERS/LANDOV
Visitors gather around the Paterno statue on Saturday, July 21. Getty Images
Though the statue was removed from Beaver Stadium, the university library will continue to bear Paterno's name. Getty Images
Fans like Rachel O'Brien, center, 20, of Mifflinburg, Pennsylvania, have been steadily flocking to the site since Paterno's death in January. Getty Images
The removal of the statue comes ahead of sanctions on Penn State from the NCAA, to be announced Monday. Getty Images
A tribue to Paterno sits at the base of the statue on Saturday. Getty Images
Visitors gather around the statue on Saturday. Getty Images
The Paterno statue continued to draw visitors Saturday, a day before it was removed from the stadium. Getty Images