August 7, 2012 at 3:55 PM
Penn State announced changes to its uniform Tuesday that will put the names of the players on their jerseys for the first time and also a blue ribbon on the uniforms to support all victims of child abuse.
The names of the players will now appear on the jerseys “in recognition of their resolve and dedication to the team and the University," according to a press release.
This decision was made after first-year head coach Bill O’Brien spoke with his some members of his team, the release says.
“I’m proud that our players want to be part of the University’s efforts to help victims of child abuse,” O'Brien said in the release. “We hope our fans join us in wearing blue ribbons to all Penn State home games. Together, we can make a difference in the lives of children everywhere.”
Penn State’s uniform has been known for its simplicity — strictly white and blue and not much else.
When Penn State plays Ohio in Beaver Stadium on Sept. 1, the names will appear on the backs of the jerseys for the first time.
“The Penn State community stands with all victims of child abuse,” said Acting Athletic Director David Joyner in the release. “Coach Bill O'Brien and his football team made it clear they want to support victims and bring more awareness to this issue, which affects so many.”