Jaguars News: Josh Allen Reveals Reason Behind Officially Changing His Name

The days of confusing Buffalo Bills quarterback Josh Allen with Jacksonville Jaguars defensive end Josh Allen are over. The Pro Bowl defensive end has announced that he has officially changed his name, detailing the reason behind the huge change on his social media pages.

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Allen announced on Twitter/X that his name has officially been changed to Joshua Hines-Allen. In the above video, he speaks on the legacy of family, and how his name change directly relates to those who came before him.

“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,” Hines-Allen wrote.

He also speaks on the name change in a video. The video states:

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

Jaguars defensive end Josh Hines-Allen
JACKSONVILLE, FLORIDA – DECEMBER 31: Josh Allen #41 of the Jacksonville Jaguars celebrates after a sack during the second quarter against the Carolina Panthers at EverBank Stadium on December 31, 2023 in Jacksonville, Florida. Josh…

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“You know, I’ve always been a Hines, and legacy is forever. Family is important to me because when you come from a rich history of athletic people in your family, and myself being the youngest one, to go to all my sister’s games, to know what my uncles did in college, and in the NBA …”

Hines-Allen is referring to his sister, Myisha Hines-Allen, who plays for the WNBA’s Washington Mystics. His uncle, Greg Hines, was drafted by the Golden State Warriors in 1983. His other uncle, Keith Hines, also played college basketball for Montclair State.

Hines-Allen has come from a deeply athletic family, which has been apparent in his own natural elite ability. The young edge rusher secured 17.5 sacks in 2023, which is tied for second place alongside Cincinnati Bengals edge rusher Trey Hendrickson.

Hines-Allen was also named to his second Pro Bowl in 2023. His first came in the 2019 season, when he secured 10.5 sacks en route to his securing a PFWA All-Rookie Team nod.

The good news is that many NFL fans will now be able to refer to Hines-Allen without being confused for the quarterback from the Bills. Hines-Allen now has a new moniker, and the five-year veteran has continued to elevate his game even more.

Though it’s premature to offer any predictions, Hines-Allen could find himself being the NFL’s new sack leader in 2024 to go along with his new name.