Ziegler is passionate about his mission, and he has confidence in his opinion. Those appear to be defining qualities, whenever he tackles an issue.
He fights for the reputation of Sarah Palin and is a decided Tiger Woods fan. He goes after the Republican establishment for being too liberal or serving their own pocketbooks, and at times opts publicly against Republicans, preferring Libertarian alternatives. He regularly lambasts the media.
His list of favorite topics can be found on his website.
The sex abuse scandal has tarnished the Penn State sports program's celebrated reputation and wiped out part of the impressive record racked up by the Nittany Lions under Paterno from the annals of football history.
Last July, the NCAA fined Penn State University $60 million. It also stripped 14 seasons of football victories from the late head coach. The university demolished a memorial statue depicting Paterno in a visionary pose leading a past team to victory.
Paterno died on January 22, 2012, of cancer while the wounds to his legacy were still bleeding.
Ziegler asserts that the Penn State football legend, who made a deep mark on the American sport for over six decades, did not cover up for his abusive former assistant coach.
In his documentary project, titled "The Framing of Joe Paterno," he is working hard to acquit 'JoePa."
"Jerry Sandusky had his day in court. Joe Paterno never did," Ziegler said. "This is all about Joe Paterno's alleged culpability, which I don't believe the facts back up. I think he was railroaded."
During his at times heated appearance on Piers Morgan, Ziegler accused Morgan of having defamed Paterno on his show. Morgan asked him to calm down.
Ziegler partly blames the media for Paterno's fall.
He asked Sandusky what he thought his late boss knew about him.
"If he absolutely thought I was (a pedophile), I'd say no," Sandusky said. "If he had a suspicion, I don't know the answer to that."
Who the interview hurt
Penn State, which has alleged that Paterno knew what danger Sandosky posed, joined Paterno's family in objecting to the release of Ziegler's interview.
"Jerry Sandusky's statements today continue to open wounds for his victims, and the victims of child sexual abuse everywhere. We have tremendous respect for the men who came forward to tell their stories publicly," said Penn State spokesman David La Torre.
The statement from the Paterno family's attorney echoed that sentiment.
"The release of the audio recording of Jerry Sandusky is a sad and unfortunate development," Sollers said. "... Releasing a recording at this time, nearly a year after he was found guilty on 45 counts, is transparently self-serving and yet another insult to the victims and anyone who cares about the truth in this tragic story."
Sandusky was sentenced in October to 30 to 60 years in prison for abusing 10 boys during a 15-year period.
On February 21, he filed an appeal against his conviction and sentence with the Pennsylvania Superior Court, according to court records.