Jaguars DE Josh Allen Changes Name to Josh Hines-Allen to Honor Family

Jacksonville Jaguars defensive end Josh Allen (41) has changed his name to Josh Hines-Allen. (Photo by David Rosenblum/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

There will be no more confusion about which Josh Allen everyone is talking about in NFL circles, even if that wasn’t the Jacksonville Jaguars defensive end’s goal.

Allen, an elite pass rusher who shared the same name as the Buffalo Bills’ star quarterback, has changed his name. He said he will now be called Josh Hines-Allen, in honor of his family. That will be the name on the back of his jersey going forward, as Hines-Allen posted in a video discussing the name change.

The addition of Hines is a nod to Hines-Allenโ€™s maternal side of the family. Hines-Allen comes from an athletic family that includes her sister, Myisha Hines-Allen, a forward for the WNBAโ€™s Washington Mystics. Two other sisters, Kyra and LaTorri, played college basketball under the Hines-Allen name. Her uncle Gregory Hines was a star at Hampton University in the 1980s and was drafted by the NBAโ€™s Golden State Warriors.

โ€œIt was almost destined for me to follow in their footsteps,โ€ Hines-Allen said in her video.

Allen had the misfortune of sharing the same name as the Bills star, but he has made a name for himself as a great player. He was the seventh overall pick in the 2019 NFL Draft by the Jaguars, made the Pro Bowl as a rookie, and then last season he had 17.5 sacks and made the Pro Bowl again. This offseason, he signed a five-year contract worth more than $141 million.

Allen has been a key player for the Jaguars for five seasons and there is the issue of Jacksonville fans owning a now-outdated jersey. The Jaguars said Hines-Allen will host a jersey swap in Jacksonville in September for those who own Allen’s old jerseys.