Almost a week after the decision to remove player names from the backs of jerseys was announced by Penn State football and head coach James Franklin, it appears the transition is well under way.
Receiver Matt Zanellato, one of just six remaining players who underwent the original jersey change, tweeted out last week that he had “personally spoken” to longtime equipment/facilities manager Brad “Spider” Caldwell and made him promise to personally take his name off the jersey.
“He was the one who put the name on my jersey,” Zanellato said. “He gets to take it off.”
Wednesday afternoon, Zanellato followed up with a series of photos posted to Twitter showing Caldwell ripping out the stitches of the name on the back, grinning the whole time.
Spider stayed true to his word and was the one to take my name off of my jersey pic.twitter.com/ZYkKn0bJkP— Matt Zanellato #80 (@mzanellato) July 22, 2015