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NFL star Josh Allen reveals he is changing name in touching tribute to family and wants to ‘carry on tradition’

JACKSONVILLE Jaguars star defensive end Josh Allen has revealed he is changing his name.

He will now go by Josh Hines-Allen, which is meant to honor his family.

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NFL star Josh Allen reveals he is changing his name[/caption]

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Jacksonville Jaguars linebacker Josh Allen (41) during the game against the Tennessee Titans[/caption]

The NFL star broke the news earlier this morning on X sharing a post with a clip of him explaining why he made the change.

“It’s not a struggle to finally say that this is what I want to do, this is what we’re going to do, I am deciding to change my last name,” Hines-Allen said in the clip.

“I’m Joshua Hines-Allen, defensive end, Jacksonville Jaguars.”

The text above the post reads, “Legacy is forever, and I’m proud to carry that tradition on the back of my jersey.

“Following in the footsteps of my family, who have donned the Hines-Allen last name with so much pride and joy.”

During the clip, Hines-Allen revealed the name change was a nod to the maternal side of his family.

Athletes in his family who used the last name include Myisha Hines-Allen, a forward for the WNBA’s Washington Mystics.

Two other sisters, Kyra and LaTorri, who were college basketball players, and his uncle Gregory Hines.

Gregory was a superstar at Hampton University in the 1980s and played in the NBA for the Golden State Warriors.

The defensive star previously shared the same name as Buffalo Bills QB Josh Allen and now won’t have to worry about fans mixing the two up.


NFL fans rushed to the Hines-Allen video to share their thought on the name change.

“Great idea!” wrote one fan.

“Proud of this next step you’re taking! You do you,” praised a second.

“I respect these moves,” commented a third.

“Ngl this is cool and it helps differentiate between the bills Josh Allen,” wrote a fourth.

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Josh Allen #41 of the Jacksonville Jaguars celebrates after an NFL football game against the Houston Texans[/caption]

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Josh Allen #41 of the Jacksonville Jaguars reacts during the first quarter against the San Francisco 49ers at EverBank Stadium[/caption]

“Big things coming,” claimed a fifth.

Hines-Allen has been in the league for five seasons and was drafted seventh by the Jacksonville Jaguars in the 2019 NFL Draft.

He has been a menace for quarterbacks ever since entering the league recording 45 sacks throughout his career so far.

Hines-Allen will be looking to improve upon his career-best 17.5 sack season last year.

The defensive star is also known for forcing turnovers as he has nine forced fumbles in his career.

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