I like Penn State’s decision to wear a blue ribbon to support all victims of child abuse, all as a result of the heinous Jerry Sandusky scandal that has brought the football program to its knees with crippling NCAA sanctions.
But instead of wearing the ribbon on jerseys, I would affix a ribbon sticker on each side of the iconic Penn State helmet. That would have been a much more prominent area to display the ribbon, giving it more exposure and thus more of an impact.
It’s important not to forget who the victims are in what’s the worst scandal in college sports history. The football team, school, fans and alums aren’t victims. The children abused by Sandusky are. Helmet stickers would be an even greater vehicle to show the school’s and team’s awareness and support.
The school also will put the last names of players on the back of jerseys in recognition of the players’ resolve and dedication to the team and university. No doubt, the players who have opted to remain through these tough times deserve this small, symbolic token of unity. They all could have left. But most have chosen to stay. That is impressive and speaks volumes about the players’ love, spirit and dedication to the school in a rebuilding process that will be long and arduous.
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