49ers' Whitner changing name to 'Hitner'

San Francisco 49ers safety Donte Whitner wants to be known going forward as "Hitner."

The hard-hitting safety who was fined $21,000 this week by the NFL for a hit against the St. Louis Rams says he's formally changing his name.

"I actually put the paperwork in, just waiting to get the paperwork out," Whitner said during a conference call. "So from here on out until I retire, my name will be Donte Hitner, without the W."

Whitner wants it changed on his uniform in time for Sunday's game.

"That's what I do. It's my last name and removing a letter makes it pretty cool," Whitner said.

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Aaron Wilson covers the Ravens for The Baltimore Sun.

Aaron Wilson
Aaron Wilson covers the NFL for National Football Post, his second stint at the Post. He has previously written for Pro Football Talk and FOX Sports-Scout. Entering his 13th year covering the Baltimore Ravens, he's a beat writer for The Baltimore Sun. Wilson has also covered the Jacksonville Jaguars and Tennessee Titans.

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