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NFL Star Donte Whitner

'Hitner' Application

FILED with the Court

10/9/2013 4:00 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

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He talked the talk, but now 49ers safety Donte Whitner is walking the walk ... officially filing an application with the court to legally change his last name to "Hitner," TMZ has learned. 

Donte has been talking about making the move ever since the NFL fined him $21k for an illegal hit on a Rams wide receiver earlier this season.

But now, we've learned ... on Tuesday, Whitner sent his attorney Larry Zukerman to file the official request at Probate Court of Cuyahoga County, Ohio.

In the doc, Donte explains that he wants to make the change because it will be beneficial to his career as a pro football player and in other business ventures.

As we previously reported, the process usually takes about 6 weeks before the name change is granted by a judge ... so, Whitner probably won't become Hitner until the end of November ... right around the time the 49ers play Washington, another team that should consider a name change.

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10 COMMENTS

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1.

Bob    

He should save his money. Most NFL players are broke just a few years after retirement.

278 days ago
2.

Winter    

he prefers to have a name that sounds like the word "hitler" than a name that sounds like the word "white", typical black racism, the most racist people on earth

278 days ago
3.

Mike    

Idiot

277 days ago
4.

Dead account Delete at will    

Please God. Mess up this arrogants mans paperwork and name him Hitler and make him get stuck with it for the season and make him wear that in shame for the full season. Please

277 days ago
5.

NOT ELMO    

Donte Whitner is walking the walk ... officially filing an application with the court to legally change his last name to "Hitler.....................GREAT NEWS!

277 days ago
6.

Truth    

NO 1 CURR!!!!!!! BESIDES... THE DOUCHE ISNT EVEN THE HARDEST HITTER IN THE NFL. #EPICFAIL #TRUTH!!

277 days ago
7.

Kelly    

One of the all time ignorant, dooshy moves. To us he'll always be sh-itner.

277 days ago
8.

tgrfan42069    

inb4 rival team fans call him hitler

277 days ago
9.

SevenCostanza    

Sooo f-ing retarded. Sounds like something only a child would want to do.

277 days ago

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