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Penn State Football Changing Uniforms (Slightly) For 2012

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Penn State has very boring uniforms. This has always been their thing. Everybody has always liked it. But things are changing for Penn State, as you may have gathered from the news. The latest change, as had been hinted at by Bill O'Brien, is a change to those unis.

Not only will players wear blue ribbons in recognition of child abuse victims, they'll also wear their names on the backs of their jerseys for the first time ever. This wouldn't be a big deal for most programs, but for PSU, it might as well be a big green pair of lightning bolt racing stripes. (Due to circumstances, those lightning bolts are all but required additions.)

From the school:

When they take the field at Beaver Stadium for their 126th season, The Pennsylvania State University football team will wear uniforms featuring a blue ribbon to support all victims of child abuse. Also, for the first time, the names of each football player will adorn their jersey in recognition of their resolve and dedication to the team and the University.

"The Penn State community stands with all victims of child abuse," said Acting Athletic Director David Joyner. "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."

"I'm proud that our players want to be part of the University's efforts to help victims of child abuse," O'Brien said. "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."

Coach O'Brien says after speaking with some members of the team, they made the decision together to add names to the uniforms. Players indicated the names on their jerseys also mean they will hold each other accountable to uphold the traditions of Penn State football, both on and off the field.

"We want our fans to know and recognize these young men," O'Brien said. "They have stuck together during tough times, and I commend them for the leadership they have shown. Moving forward, I'm deeply committed to honoring Penn State's traditions, while building a bright future for our football program."

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