Family, friends and players said their final goodbyes Wednesday to legendary Penn State football coach Joe Paterno.

The 85-year-old college football icon was remembered at a funeral on the Penn State campus.

The Paterno family arrived at the on-campus Pasquerilla Spiritual Center chapel in a team football bus with Paterno's usual seat left empty, according to

After a one-hour service Paterno's casket took a final ride around the Penn State campus in a blue hearse, passing Beaver Stadium and continuing down the main street in State College before arriving at nearby Pine Hall Cemetery.

Thousands of supporters lined the procession route to pay their final respects to "JoePa," trying to focus on his life and legacy rather than the child sex abuse scandal involving former assistant coach Jerry Sandusky that led to Paterno's hasty firing.

"Thank you to all the people who turned out for my father's procession. Very moving," said Paterno's son, Jay, on Twitter.

Scores of former Nittany Lions players were in attendance, including Franco Harris, Matt Millen, Todd Blackledge, Lenny Moore, Blair Thomas, Ki-Jana Carter, Brandon Short and O.J. McDuffie.

Other attendees included Nike co-founder Phil Knight, along with former Penn State coaches Tom Bradley, who replaced Paterno after his firing, and Galen Hall.

Former assistant coach Mike McQueary, who told Paterno in 2002 that he saw Jerry Sandusky assaulting a child in the Penn State locker room, also paid his respects.

Former Penn State fullback Mike Cerimele, who played for Paterno from 1996-2000, told the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette he will always be grateful for the life lessons Paterno left him with.

"He gave us a road map," Cerimele said. "It will always be there, and you can tap into it and get back on track."

Cerimele said he was in awe of how many people turned out to pay their respects to a man who most had never even met.

"All I could keep thinking is, 'Look at all the different types of people walking through here,' " he told the Post-Gazette.

"And they're people who are just fans. They've never even had a conversation with Joe. To see the genuine emotions out of these people is just ... humbling."

Penn State officials said more than 27,000 people paid their respects to Paterno during Tuesday's public viewing, with hundreds more attending Wednesday morning before his funeral.

On Thursday, a public memorial service for Paterno will be held at the Bryce Jordan Center. Penn State began issuing free tickets to the service online and by phone Tuesday morning, but every seat in the 16,000-capacity arena was filled within minutes.

Paterno died Sunday at age 85 due to complications linked to his ongoing bout with lung cancer. The legendary coach was diagnosed with the disease in November, a week after he was fired by the university's board of trustees amid the child sex abuse scandal.

His firing came just a week after he notched his 409th career victory to become the winningest coach in major college football history.

Paterno spent 46 years as coach of the Nittany Lions, winning two national titles. His family gave more than $4 million to the university to fund scholarships and the construction of a library named in his honor.