The Minnesota Vikings have seen many different jerseys over its franchise history and seamstress Penny Bryce has been there for nearly all of them.
When talking about the Minnesota Vikings, the discussion usually falls on star players of the team’s performance as a whole, but there are so many moving pieces behind that scenes that help to keep the franchise moving forward.
One of those pieces is the team seamstress, Penny Bryce. After stitching jerseys for nearly fifty years with the franchise, Bryce has made the decision to call it a career and retire from the business according to the official website of the team.
It’s amazing to think that Bryce has stitched jerseys for so many Vikings greats. Randy Moss, Fran Tarkenton, Cris Carter, Brett Favre, Adrian Peterson, and other team greats have all worn uniforms during her tenure as the team’s seamstress.
Vikings equipment assistant Terrell Barnes spoke about how much of an impact Bryce had on the team and what her skill and demeanor brought to the team.
"“She means a lot to us and we’re going to miss her dearly,” Barnes said. “She’s going to leave a big hole to fill … but you can’t replace her personality and her character and her resiliency in trying to get a task done."
The final job Bryce had with the team was to complete a jersey for first-round draft pick Mike Hughes. Following the completion of the project, a photo was taken showing Hughes with Bryce and Barnes.
That photo was placed in a frame and presented to Bryce upon her retirement, accompanied by a matte signed by the players on the 2018 roster.
Bryce is reported to be adjusting to retired life well, as she already went on a fishing trip with her girls where she claims to have caught 14 fish. However, she will always cherish her time with the Minnesota Vikings.