Sep 7, 2013; University Park, PA, USA; Penn State Nittany Lions fans look on prior to the game between the Eastern Michigan Eagles at Beaver Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Matthew O

Penn State Retires John Cappelletti’s Number at Halftime


The Penn State football program is one that prides itself on tradition. Very rarely will you ever see the Nittany Lions make major changes to anything. Last year when Bill O’Brien announced the addition of names on the back of the jerseys, it was basically front-page, headline news.

During halftime of Saturday’s game against Eastern Michigan, Penn State did do something that they’ve never done before. However, I’m completely certain that no one associated with the fan base will have any problem with this first whatsoever.

The school officially retired the no. 22, the number worn by one of the most heralded players in PSU history, running back John Cappelletti.

Cappelletti was the 1973 Heisman Trophy winner–the only one still to this date in the school’s history. He was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 1993 and still is the owner of a number of the school’s rushing records.

This is just yet another one of the minor, but accepted, changes that have been implemented by the new Penn State administration.

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