No Hitner for Whitner: 'A lot of paperwork for one letter'

Browns defensive back Donte Whitner admitted he thought of legally changing his name to Donte Hitner, but too much paperwork was required.

You can't take the 'hit' out of Donte Whitner's name. However, he won't remove the 'W.'

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Browns defensive back Donte Whitner admitted he thought of legally changing his name to Donte Hitner, but too much paperwork was required.

"I don't think it's a possibility," he said. "I don't want to change all my credit cards, mortgages and everything. It's a lot of paperwork for one letter."

In October of 2013, while a member of the 49ers, Whitner said he was going to to remove the 'W' from his name in response to a fine from the league for a hit in a game against the Rams.

Whitner, who was born and raise in Cleveland, said he's been able to tie back into the community and his former high school, Glenville, with Ted Ginn Sr. He said he's working with the Ted Ginn Foundation.

He's also enjoying picking up his two children, ages 6 and 7, and taking them to and from school.

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"I enjoy when they ask me if one of their friends can get an autograph."

Whitner also said he likes what he's seen of the Browns thus far.

"I like the type of attitude we have here and are developing as a team."

The two-time Pro Bowler signed with the Browns this offseason after spending three seasons in San Francisco.