Whitner could be 'Hitner' before Thanksgiving

Whitner couldn't change name to 'Hitner' until mom gave approval

Whitner could be 'Hitner' before Thanksgiving
October 12, 2013, 5:45 pm
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Donte Whitner could sport his new name on the back of his jersey by Nov. 25 at the earliest. (USA TODAY IMAGES)

49ers safety Donte Whitner officially filed a request to change his name in his home state of Ohio and has a hearing scheduled for Nov. 19 according to the San Jose Mercury.

If the request is granted, then Whitner could sport his new name on the back of his jersey by Nov. 25 at the earliest, when the 49ers visit Washington D.C. to take on Robert Griffin III and the Redskins.

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Whitner's lawyer filed the paperwork for the name change last Tuesday: "The requested name change will be beneficial to applicant’s career as a professional football player and in other business ventures further, the requested name does not involve potential for fraud, will not interfere with the rights of others, will not permit the applicant to avoid legal duty, and is not contrary to the public policy of this state."

"I think it’s pretty cool. Everything we do is for the fans, right?" Whitner said to CSNBayArea.com 49ers Insider Matt Maiocco. "We all understand that. It’s entertainment, but at the same time it’s what I do."

The 49ers safety will be required to buy all remaining Nike jerseys with his current name before being allowed to wear "Hitner" on his in-game jersey.

Whitner is in the final year of his $11.4 million, three-year contract with the 49ers.