With All-Big Ten pick and 2014 conference leading tackler Mike Hull having graduated, nearly everyone expected Penn State's new starting middle linebacker for 2015 would be named Nyeem Wartman. As it turns out, they were all wrong.
Oh, it will more than likely be the Nittany Lion you have known as Nyeem Wartman to this point of his career, the same man who started 12 games at outside linebacker and finished second on the team in tackles (75) last season.
But according to a Facebook post, he has changed his name to Nyeem Wartman-White. He said he did so to honor his mom, Veronica White, and stepfather.
Here is what the post said:
This year I decided not to get my mom anything tangible for Mother's Day. I decided to go to another extent of showing my appreciation that I will be changing my last name to Wartman-White for her, making my name Nyeem Wartman-White. I watched this wonderful woman provide for her own kids and others people's children when she didn't have to. Because she and my step dad work so hard to provide a roof and clothes on the backs of my little sisters, she can't make it to all my games causing her to watch. Since she was the one who raised me my whole life I feel she has the right to see her last name on the child she has raised and provided for. I want her to feel appreciated every time the announcers say my name and when the journalists write articles about me. My family is my motivation and she deserves this, love you momma and happy Mother's Day.
And what did you do for your mom on Mother's Day?
For the record, Wartman-White is one of 10 children. He has five brothers and four sisters.