Florida QB Richardson seeks ‘rebrand, sheds AR-15 nickname

Florida quarterback Anthony Richardson speaks during NCAA college football Southeastern...
Florida quarterback Anthony Richardson speaks during NCAA college football Southeastern Conference Media Days, Wednesday, July 20, 2022, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)(John Bazemore | AP)
Published: Jul. 20, 2022 at 4:34 PM EDT
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ATLANTA (AP) — Florida quarterback Anthony Richardson, who wears No. 15, has shed the nickname AR-15 because he doesn’t want to be linked to the semiautomatic rifle used in mass shootings.

Richardson says he is “just trying to rebrand myself and become a better person.” He discussed his decision at the Southeastern Conference Media Days. Richardson says he was thinking about “what the future holds” when making the decision.

He says the AR-15 nickname “doesn’t necessarily describe who I am.” He says he’d rather be known simply as Anthony Richardson and says that’s who he’s been since he was born.

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