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Thursday, October 06, 2022

Gators quarterback Anthony Richardson drops 'AR-15' nickname due to gun violence

The redshirt sophomore is changing his nickname and brand to 'AR'

<p>Florida redshirt sophomore quarterback Anthony Richardson scrambles during an Oct. 30, 2021 game against Georgia.</p>

Florida redshirt sophomore quarterback Anthony Richardson scrambles during an Oct. 30, 2021 game against Georgia.

Florida Gators redshirt sophomore Anthony Richardson announced Sunday he will shorten his standing “AR-15” nickname to “AR.”

“It is important to me that my name and brand are no longer associated with the assault rifle that has been used in mass shootings, which I do not condone in any way or form,” Richardson wrote in a Twitter statement.

The “AR-15” moniker, which grew popular during Richardson’s breakout last season, merged his initials and jersey number and appeared in his branding and apparel series featuring a scope reticle.  

The Gainesville native was a spokesman for the Gainesville Police Department’s gun buy-back program last Fall. 

Richardson will be one of three Florida players to speak during SEC Media Days in Atlanta Wednesday.

Contact Brandon Hernandez at bhernandez@alligator.org. Follow him on Twitter @BranH2001.

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Brandon Hernandez

Brandon Hernandez is a student at the University of Florida studying journalism. He is a writer for The Alligator, Gator Country and for PlugTalkSports. You can find most of his work on his Twitter (BranH2001) and on his podcast, “The Courtside Podcast,” on Spotify.


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