I would like to thank Penn State head football coach James Franklin, the current team members and the Penn State lettermen, along with anyone else involved, for returning to the century-old tradition of no names on the jerseys.
Although it was fitting that the players who stood fast and played in 2012 and 2013 had their names on their jerseys, and the team year on our stadium in tribute for all they endured, it is time to return to “Black Shoes. Basic Blues. No Names. All Game. Penn State Pride.”
Some of you wear numbers worn in the past by names we will never forget — like quarterback Christian Hackenberg, who wears No. 14, which also was worn by two men who won our only two national championships, Todd Blackledge and John Shaffer.
There was no name on their jerseys, nor on many other Penn State greats.
I’m thankful for a return to a proud tradition. Real fans do not need a name on a jersey to know who they are. Their names are written deep down in our hearts.
The writer is a member of the Penn State alumni council.