Roy Helu Jr. is named after his father, but fans watching the Redskins running back last season wouldn’t necessarily have known that.
Uniform rules at the time did not allow Helu Jr. to have just that — his last name with “Jr.” after it — on his uniform nameplate.
But those rules are all but history now. And Helu Jr. couldn’t be happier.
Helu Jr. found out recently that his new NFL uniform — now produced by Nike — will, indeed, be adorned with “Helu Jr.” on the back.
“My dad’s Roy Helu, and ever since I’ve been in high school, I’ve been Helu Jr.,” Helu Jr. said Thursday afternoon.
Helu Jr. said his family has been referring to him as “June” or “Junior” as far back as he can remember.
“That was my name,” Helu Jr. said. “It was new for me when people called me Roy when I first got into school.”
Helu Jr. was so excited about the uniform change that he recently tweeted about it:
Its official ! Nfl has allowed me to truely be myself…Helu jr on the jersey. Number 29 in ur program but number (inseert) in ur heart ha—
roy helu jr (@royhelujr29) May 09, 2012
The second-year running back said he asked team equipment officials prior to last season if he could have “Helu Jr.” on the back of his jersey, but was told then-NFL uniform supplier Reebok wouldn’t allow it.
“It really wasn’t disappointing,” Helu Jr. said. “I just understood that’s the way that it is.”
The new uniform rules have also benefitted other Redskins players, such as first-round pick Robert Griffin III, who will be allowed to wear “Griffin III” on his uniform nameplate.
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