A&M Consolidated Stand Out Changes His Last Name for Mom

By: Shane McAuliffe Email
By: Shane McAuliffe Email

Number 99 J.J. Bynum was hard to miss during his senior season at A&M Consolidated High School.

The 6 foot 3 inch, 275 pound defensive tackle made a name for himself on the field, but J.J. has decided to leave that name far behind.

"I mean it's a good feeling. I'm excited to let the world know that I'm a Lollar," said J.J.

J.J. Bynum is now J.J. Lollar, a tribute to his mother Lolita who raised J.J. and his sister Katie all on her own.

"I was raised by my Mom and my father had no part of me, so I felt it was right to honor her when I go to Tech and let them see that I'm a Lollar," said J.J.

"It's funny that they've changed their name but I haven't got to change mine yet," joked Lolita.

Lolita Bynum hasn't had a chance to switch back to her maiden name but both of her children have.

"It's a little bit sweet because it's a little personal. I hate to see the hardship that he had to go through and the hurt that he felt to have to change his name but it made me proud that he did want to use my name and honor that as well," said Lolita.

J.J. will wear the name Lollar proudly on the back of his jersey at Texas Tech, Mom and sis were there when J.J. signed his name on the dotted line to play ball in Lubbock. But this wasn't the first time he's written Lollar on a piece of paper.

"I remember in 5th and 6th grade I would write Lollar on my paper and I'd get in trouble for it since it wasn't my biological name," said J.J.

"At 12 he'd constantly ask me if he could change his name and it's just something I think he could later regret and something he needed to be mature enough to make an adult decision on, so I wouldn't allow him till he was 18," said Lolita.

"It's a big name and I've got a lot shoes to fill coming from my grandfather being a Navy Seal and my mom doing a heck of a job raising me and my sister," said J.J.

Poet Ralph Waldo Emerson said that, "Men are what their mothers made them." J.J.'s mother couldn't be happier, even if her son won't hold her hand on TV.

J.J. will head to Texas Tech this summer and he'll be heading there with a familiar face.

A&M Consolidated running back Quinton White will be joining J.J. at Texas Tech and the pair have been playing football together since the 7th grade.

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