Florida Gators quarterback Anthony Richardson, a projected Heisman trophy contender for this upcoming college football season, is changing his nickname to take a stance against the most popular sporting rifle owned by millions of Americans.
Richardson said that he made the decision to change his “AR-15” nickname, which combines his initials with his jersey number, and his scope reticle logo after speaking to those closest to him.
“After discussions with my family and much thought, I have decided to no longer use the nickname ‘AR-15’ and the current apparel line logo, which features a scope reticle, as part of my branding. While a nickname is only a nickname and ‘AR-15’ was simply a representation of my initials combined with my jersey number, 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.”
In his tweet, Richardson referenced the term “assault rifle,” which many on the Left erroneously believe the “AR” in “AR-15” stands for. In fact, the “AR” in AR-15 stands for “ArmaLite Rifle,” the company that designed the gun in 1956. There is no official definition for what is considered an “assault rifle” or an “assault weapon,” as those descriptors have virtually nothing to do with the functionality of the weapon and instead are attached to weapons that Left-wing activists deem to be scary looking.
“My representatives and I are currently working on rebranding, which includes the creation of a new logo and transitioning to simply using ‘AR’ and my name, Anthony Richardson,” Richardson’s statement concluded.
Virtue signaling game 💯
— Libertarian Party of Tennessee (@LPTN1776) July 17, 2022
ESPN noted that the decision was likely driven by college athletes’ new ability to make money from their name, image, and likeness.
Richardson, who will be a sophomore this upcoming season, had already launched a clothing company last year selling jerseys, shirts, and other gear.
Richardson only played in seven games last season as a freshman, amassing 529 passing yards with six touchdowns and five interceptions. He also had 401 yards rushing with three touchdowns.
Despite only seeing limited action last season, and with only one career start, Richardson “debuted at No. 13 on ESPN NFL draft expert Mel Kiper Jr.’s Big Board of prospects in May,” ESPN added.
Despite all the hype surrounding Richardson, the 6′ 4″ 236-pounder is not guaranteed to be the team’s starting quarterback this upcoming season as he will have to beat out Ohio State transfer Jack Miller.