Penn State football players will no longer wear their names on the backs of their jerseys, the program announced Thursday.
After a longstanding tradition of not including the players’ names on their jerseys, a change was made during the 2012 season by then-head coach Bill O’Brien to recognize the players who stayed loyal to the program, and players’ names were put on the jerseys.
But on Thursday, the athletic department announced that the names would be removed beginning with the upcoming season.
A photo of the uniform change was tweeted Thursday morning, hinting at the change.
A poster that displays the phrase “Black Shoes. Basic Blues. No Names. All Game” will be handed out by players starting at 6:45 p.m. Thursday in downtown State College, at the Colonnade shopping center in Patton Township and in the HUB.
The slogan, according to a press release from the athletic department, reflects the tradition of the program’s simple uniforms and was printed on the cover of the Penn State Football Yearbook in 2008, when the team won the Big Ten Championship.
“For 125 years Penn State proudly followed a very simple idea: “Black Shoes. Basic Blues. No Names. All Game.” Head coach James 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.”