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Jaguars’ Josh Allen changes last name to Hines-Allen to honor mother’s family; eliminates confusion with Bills’ Josh Allen

By meerna Jul11,2024
Jaguars’ Josh Allen changes last name to Hines-Allen to honor mother’s family; eliminates confusion with Bills’ Josh Allen

Jacksonville Jaguars outside linebacker Josh Allen (41) celebrates after recovering the ball from Buffalo Bills quarterback Josh Allen (17) during the second half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Nov. 7, 2021, in Jacksonville, Fla. (AP Photo/Phelan M. Ebenhack)

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Jacksonville Jaguars star Josh Allen has changed his last name to Hines-Allen to honor his maternal family and relatives who wear the last name on their jerseys.

The change will also help eliminate confusion over the Buffalo Bills’ star quarterback’s last name.

Hines-Allen announced the change on social media Tuesday, and the addition of the hyphen to the back of his No. 41 jersey was a statement of pride, heritage and keeping family traditions and joy alive.

“My name has been changed, but I’m still that person,” said the sixth-year veteran, who used his previous name while at Kentucky. “And I’ll continue to play the way I did, and even better.”

Both names have an impressive sporting history.

One sister, Washington Mystics player Myisha Hines-Allen, played at Louisville. Two others, Kyra Hines-Allen and LaTorri Hines-Allen, also played college basketball. One uncle, Gregory Hines, was drafted in the fifth round in 1983 by the Golden State Warriors and is a member of the Hampton University Track and Field Hall of Fame. Another uncle, Keith Hines, played at Montclair State.

When the Bills and Jags faced off in 2021, defensive end Josh Allen dominated in a 9-6 victory. He made NFL history as the first player to tackle and intercept a player with the same name. Hines-Allen also recovered a fumble in the game.

The similarities are even greater: Both players were selected seventh overall a year apart: Josh Allen to the Bills in 2018 and the Jaguars in 2019.

Jacksonville and Buffalo will face off again this fall in Week 3, this time without the fuss.

Hines-Allen signed a five-year, $150 million contract extension with Jacksonville in April, making him one of the league’s highest-paid players. That came after a franchise-record 17 1/2 sacks last season (second in the NFL), which puts him just 10 shy of tying Tony Brackens’ record of 55.

By meerna

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