Kenny Hill's parents have applied to trademark 'Kenny Trill'

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Texas A&M quarterback Kenny Hill (7) throws a pass against Lamar during the second quarter of an NCAA college football game Saturday, Sept. 6, 2014, in College Station, Texas. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)
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Texas A&M QB Kenny Hill said he preferred being called "Kenny Trill" as a nickname instead of "Kenny Football" after his breakout performance against South Carolina. Apparently, his parents are pretty serious about the nickname.

Hill's parents have applied for a trademark on the nickname "Kenny Trill." The application, which is a non-refundable $325, was filed on September 3, or a day after Hill said Kenny Trill was the nickname he preferred the most.

Following his game against South Carolina, former Texas A&M QB Johnny Manziel, he of the "Johnny Football" nickname, wanted to denote Hill as "Kenny Football."

However, Hill's parents have competition for the trademark. A Louisiana resident applied for the trademark of Kenny Trill a day before they did.

It's a similar situation to Manziel's trademark battle while at A&M. After Manziel became known as Johnny Football more than Johnny Manziel, a firm filed to trademark Johnny Football three months before Manziel's group did.

In March, the U.S. Trademark and Patent Office ruled that the firm's application didn't refer to an individual. Groups have six months to appeal a trademark decision. If the appeal doesn't happen or is denied, Manziel will have the trademark.

We're far from trademark lawyers, but it makes sense that a similar situation could happen with Kenny Trill, given that his parents have applied for it. We'll just have to wait and see if Kenny Trill merchandise will be as big as Johnny Football stuff is. Keep it real, Kenny. Keep it real.

H/T Karen Howell

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