610SPOR2 35h_CBSSportsRad_Houston


49ers Saftey Donte Whitner Changes His Name

View Comments
Featured Items

77820352_8PHOTOS: The Bikini: from the '50s to Now

77820352_8Meet The 6-10s

77820352_8Best 7 Events At The Astrodome

77820352_8World Cup's Hottest Fans

From Our CBS Music Sites

77820352_8Is Chandler Parsons Dating A Kardashian??

77820352_8Nicki Minaj's Booty Takes Over Her Album Cover

77820352_8The Worst Things You Can Do On A First Date

77820352_8Local Gas Station Clerk/MMA Fighter Takes Down Thieves

Sports Fan Insider

Keep up with your favorite teams and athletes with daily updates.
Sign Up

San Francisco 49ers saftey Donte Whitner will now be known as Donte Hitner. The Pro-Bowl saftey has already begun the process of legally changing his name.

On a conference call with Houston media on Wednesday Whitner discussed the identity turn.

“I actually put the paperwork in yesterday afternoon.” Whitner said. “From here on out, until I retire I will be known as ‘Donte Hitner’ without the ‘W’.”

Hitner tweeted that he asked his mom first if it was okay to change his name.

Around the San Francisco Bay Area fans refer to the big hitting saftey as Hitner and so Hitner decided to go with what the fans call him.

“Everything we do is for the fans right? It’s all entertainment,” Whitner told 49ers.com. “We all understand that. It’s entertainment, but that’s what I do, it’s my game. Along with some things that happened recently, that’s why I went with it.”

Hitner is not the first player to legally change his name, but he points out he only modified his last name. He did not create an entirely new name like Chad Ochocino or Meta World Peace.

“I think one word is not as big as 10 words,” Whitner said. “It’s my last name and removing a letter makes it pretty cool.”

No word on if the 49ers will have a new nameplate on the back of the jersey yet for Sunday Night’s showdown against the Houston Texans.

View Comments
blog comments powered by Disqus