Stitch By Stitch: Permian Playoff Tradition

ODESSA, Texas (Local 2/Fox 24) - The Permian Panthers making their way to the playoffs, which means each player gets a new addition to their jersey.

Its tradition and football stitched together with Permian pride.

One Odessa woman is spending hours this week to make sure it all comes together on the field Friday night.

15 years of sewing thousands of last names and three sewing machines later, Elizabeth Faught makes sure each name is perfectly placed.

"Oh I always look to see if any are crooked," said Elizabeth Faught as she peered over her sewing machine, "the trainer and I went to the laundry to get the names applied to the back and they wanted to charge us five dollars a shirt and so I said Trapper-I can do it for less."

Faught has been doing it for less ever since.

"That's a tradition in Permian that started a long long time ago and its one of the neatest traditions that we have here and one of the many traditions that we have. That's always fun when its playoff time and they get their name of the jerseys," said Blake Feldt, Permian Coach.

Coach Feldt said the tradition started in the 1970s, and some schools have followed suit with the tradition.

"Im a passionate person about Permian and the love of the kiddos there-I like some better then the others of course and I tell them in class 'you aught to be glad I still like you!' not many adults like teenagers anymore," said Faught.

Faught said each jersey takes about 20 minutes but its worth every second to see the stitches from the stands.

"Oh I always look to see if any are crooked. One time this little boy went out and this was flopping and I said 'Oh gee!' somethings come undone and I asked him afterwards what happened and he said well they misspelt my name, they put two T's on the end and there's only one so I took scissors and cut the other one off," said Faught.

After almost two decades Faught has never made a mistake.

The Permian Panthers will start its playoff run Friday night at home.


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