"People throw around words like 'tough,' asking if 'people are tough' or 'are they mentally strong' and there's degrees to that stuff and Joe's just in another place. That's how tough and mentally strong he was."
"Reputation grows like a mushroom, but character grows like an oak and he had that character…he didn’t live on his reputation, he lived on his character."
"I don't know if he really knew how much he influenced people, or myself, in a positive way and that's why his story needs to be told. It's the person, the way you talk to people. The way you help people."
"You see somebody time after time in situations that require strength, character, courage and faith and the guy responds every time."
"I think he used faith at a pretty young age to help him stay brave. I also think that it helped him maintain a focus during a difficult time, lead by example - and also I think that the faith allowed him to extract all of the hope that you could possibly extract out of that situation."
"Joe was not a phony person. He wasn't fake and he was just real...it was never 'me,' it was 'us, we' and so on. He was never a 'me-me' person - not selfish at all."