Penn State linebacker changes names to honor mother

A great story came out on Mother’s Day, with news that Penn State Nittany Lions linebacker Nyeem Wartman has changed his name to honor his mother.

Wartman legally changed his name to Nyeem Wartman-White for his mother, Veronica White, and his stepfather.

“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,” Wartman-White wrote on Facebook.

“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.”

What a great gesture.

Last season, the linebacker was second on the Nittany Lions with tackles (75).

If he continues to make a big impact on the defensive side of the ball, announcers and journalists will have plenty of times to say his name during the upcoming season which will have to bring a smile to his mother’s face.

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