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49ers’ Whitner forced to withdraw ‘Hitner’ name change application

Nov 19, 2013, 1:10 PM PST

“Hitner” is no more — for now. The 49ers safety will remain with his given name of Donte Whitner until the NFL offseason.

Whitner is still very committed to the cause.  He made t-shirts, filed an application, payed a $130 deposit, and scheduled a hearing date, but as you can see in the court docket description, Whitner withdrew his application for a name change on Tuesday, according to the Cuyahoga County (Ohio) Probate Court’s website.


The $130 fee and a meeting with a judge are the least of Whitner’s concerns. While he has approval from his mother to change his last name, he still needs to buy out all of the Nike jerseys bearing his name from the NFL before the league will sign off on it.

The hard-hitting safety will have to let his play on the field — rather than his jersey —  do the talking for the remainder of the year.

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