Thursday, May 10, 2012

Helu can be "Jr." again May 9, 2012, 1:34 pm

What’s good for the quarterback should be good running back. And the NFL agrees.

Quarterback Robert Griffin III said last month that the NFL would allow him to wear “Griffin III” on the name plate on the back of his jersey like he had at Baylor. The league has generally steered clear of allowing anything but the player’s last name there. It was unclear whether the NFL made an exception for Griffin or if they have changed the policy.

It appears that the league is changing its policy, at least on a case by case basis. Running back Roy Helu is named after his father and at Nebraska, he wore “Helu Jr.” on the back of his Cornhuskers jersey.

But as a rookie last year he simply had his last name on the back of his jersey. That will change this years. From Helu’s Twitter feed @royhelujr29”

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

It’s a small thing but it makes a difference to players who are named after those who came before them.

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