Thursday, July 16, 2015

Penn State will drop name plates on players' jerseys this season.

Christian Hackenberg and James Franklin. Photo via Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

The names are gone in Penn State. The Nittany Lions will return to the tradition of not putting the names of players on the back of their jerseys for the 2015 season.

Then-Penn St. head coach Bill O'Brien had ended the 125-year old tradition of jerseys with only the players' numbers in 2015. The move was in response to honor players who had remained with the team following the NCAA's banhammering of the program following the Jerry Sandusky scandal.

Nittany Head coach James Franklin responded to the move in a statement from the school.

"In 2012, for the first time in the program's history, names adorned the back of the jersey to forever identify the men who stayed loyal, sacrificed & chose to play for this institution during the most difficult of times," Franklin said in a statement. "The 2012 team, permanently recognized in Beaver Stadium, will hold an enduring place in our program's history. Their commitment will never be forgotten."
"However, it's time we bring back the tradition that represented Penn State for 125 years. We are a strong family, playing for one goal, one university and there is only one name that truly matters, Penn State."

Only six players remain from the 2012 Nittany Players football team. 

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