Penn State Changes Uniforms to Honor Abuse Victims

Earlier this week, Penn State University announced that it is updating its football uniforms as a result of the Jerry Sandusky sexual abuse scandal. Although PSU has sported the same look for about six decades, univeristy officials have chosen to show support to child abuse victims by incorporating a blue ribbon into the traditional plain design of the uniforms. Blue is the color designated to represent child abuse.

Another amendment to the uniforms will be the addition of players' names on the back of the jerseys. Former head coach Joe Paterno opposed having the players' names on the uniforms, but after speaking with team members, Coach Bill O'Brien said they made the decisions to add the names. That move not only rewards the players who have chosen to stay with the team despite the tough road ahead, but also symbolizes the fact that they will hold each other accountable to uphold the school's values, both on and off the field. 

The change marks one more step the school has taken toward distancing itself from the actions of Jerry Sandusky and the apparent cover-up by top school officials, including Paterno, which led to a $60 million fine and exclusion from playing in certain games, including bowl games and post-season games for four years. In recent weeks, a mural with Paterno's likeness was altered, with the artist removing the halo above Paterno's head and painting a blue ribbon on the deceased coach's lapel; and the school removed a bronze 900-pound statue of Paterno from PSU's Beaver Stadium.



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