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New Jerseys Mean Old Name For Helu Jr.

Posted by Andrew Walker on May 10, 2012 – 2:35 pm

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:

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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7 Responses to “New Jerseys Mean Old Name For Helu Jr.”

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  3. By Jabez Dawes on May 11, 2012 | Reply

    It is improper English to have these name suffixes on nameplates. Helu’s last name is not Helu Jr., it is Helu. He is only Jr. when the full name is used. Therefore if he wants Jr. he has to have Roy too. Same goes for Griffin.

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  5. By Brendan Burke (bwburke94) on May 21, 2012 | Reply

    Helu and Griffin will be the first two players in NFL history to wear a suffix, according to Uni Watch.

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