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10/02/2013 04:51 pm ET

Donte Whitner Changing Name: 49ers Safety Planning To Switch Surname To 'Hitner' (TWEETS)

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Hard-hitting 49ers safety Donte Whitner is taking his new nickname very seriously.

Whitner, who has embraced the name "Hitner" for his bruising play on the grid iron, told his Twitter followers on Tuesday that he is planning to legally change his surname to the aforementioned moniker. But before he does, he sought out his mother's approval.

Whitner appealed a $21,000 fine on Wednesday after a hit he delivered to St. Louis Rams receiver Chris Givens in Week 4, according to NFL.com.

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