The vast majority of people will go through their entire life defined by the first name their parents gave them after they were born, but there are certainly some exceptions to that rule.
That includes a number of professional athletes who’ve made the decision to legally adopt a new moniker at some point over the course of their career.
In 2008, Chad Johnson made quite a splash when he successfully filed to change his last name to “Ochocinco,” while Ron Artest took the Buddhist teachings he was studying to heart in 2011 by announcing he wanted to be known as “Metta World Peace.”
Now, Arizona Cardinals wide receiver Robbie Anderson has decided to get in on the action…for the second time in less than a year.
Last summer, the man who’d previously gone by “Robby” made a slight tweak when he swapped the “y” out for “Ie,” a decision he essentially chalked up to aesthetics. However, it appears he still found himself dealing with an itch that needed to be scratched.
In January, Anderson wrapped up a fairly tumultuous season that saw the Panthers ship him off to the Cardinals shortly after he butted heads with some coaches on the sidelines. It seems like he didn’t waste much time doing what he could to get off to a fresh start when the offseason kicked off based on a recent development.
Last week, Anderson revamped his Instagram profile by updating a bio that states he is now known as “Chosen” and uploading a series of text messages that were presumably sent by the lawyer who helped facilitate the legal adoption of the new first name.
Anderson hasn’t addressed his motivations for changing his name to Chosen, but it seems like you can probably chalk it up to hubris.
I guess will have to wait and see if he’s able to live up to the new label.