Names will remain on BYU jerseys
BYU football players were welcomed with an unexpected surprise when they arrived at their lockers for team photo day this week.
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Head coach Bronco Mendenhall thought it would be a good idea to honor the values of the football program in a unique way, so he decided to alter the players’ jersey nameplates — which traditionally featured last names — to accommodate his plans. Instead of seeing their last name on the back of their jersey, players had “tradition”, “spirit” or “honor” printed on their nameplates. And, well, they weren’t happy about it.
Within hours, after hearing reaction from his team about the change, Mendenhall changed his mind and announced that the special nameplates would be used only for the team’s homecoming game. That’s quite a turnaround after saying the nameplates would be used as long as he is coach, and probably a logical one, as well.
Check out a photo of the nameplates and some reaction from players, with a hat tip to Jay Drew of The Salt Lake Tribune
BYU's Van Noy: "One thing I have enjoyed about playing here at BYU is having the last names on the backs of the jerseys."— Jay Drew (@drewjay) August 8, 2013
BYU's Van Noy: "Not many people know that I am adopted. I am carrying a last name that is Dutch and means a lot to me."— Jay Drew (@drewjay) August 8, 2013
Alisa: "We are a different school. We just have a different lifestyle here. Why not stand up for what we believe?" #BYU— Jay Drew (@drewjay) August 8, 2013
BYU's Eathyn Manumaleuna said fellow Polynesians on team are taking it hard. "We are proud of our last names, ask any one of us."— Jay Drew (@drewjay) August 8, 2013
I always took pride in the chance to represent my family when I played with my name on the back of my jersey.— Brandon Ogletree (@Ogletree44) August 8, 2013
Talked to my team tonite. They want to wear tradition spirit honor on jerseys for homecoming only. Last names for rest of the year. PERFECT!— Coach Mendenhall (@BYU_Football) August 9, 2013