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Sport Washington's NFL alumni have differing opinions on the team's name change

03:42  14 july  2020
03:42  14 july  2020 Source:   msn.com

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Washington , D.C.' s NFL team on Monday will reportedly announce plans to retire the "Redskins" name , as the franchise comes under growing pressure to change a name that is viewed as a racist slur against Native Americ.

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Monday was an odd day in Washington, as its NFL franchise announced that they were retiring their name and logo while working to develop new monikers that, "will enhance the standing of our proud, tradition rich franchise and inspire our sponsors, fans and community for the next 100 years." Some in our nation's capital celebrated while others grieved -- as Washington's NFL franchise has been one of the biggest staples in D.C. sports for the past 80-plus years.

Daniel Snyder wearing glasses: Aug 20, 2015; Landover, MD, USA; Washington Redskins owner Dan Snyder stands on the field prior to the Redskins game against the Detroit Lions at FedEx Field. The Redskins won 21-17. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports © Provided by CBS Sports

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(AP) — Washington ’ s NFL team will get rid of the name ‘Redskins’ on Monday, according to multiple reports. It’ s unclear when a new name will be revealed for one of the That came in the aftermath of prominent sponsors FedEx, Nike, PepsiCo and Bank of America asking the team to change the name .

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Like the fans, former Washington players were also somewhat divided on this development. For the men that played with the famous logo on their helmets, this team, its colors and logo meant more than just a Sunday hobby. Still, some were happy to see a change and declared this decision as a chance to start over.

"It's the dawn of a new day," said Rick "Doc" Walker, who played for Washington from 1980-85, per ESPN. "It's in lockstep with what's going on in our country right now. A lot of pages are being turned."

Hall of Fame cornerback and one of the best players in Washington's history, Darrell Green, complimented team owner Dan Snyder for initiating a change. He also said that his on-field feats were for the franchise in Washington, not specifically for the team name.

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Washington will be the first NFL franchise to change its team name without moving to a new city in the same year since the Tennessee Oilers There was a renewed — and, ultimately, unsuccessful — legal push to revoke the team ' s trademarks in the past decade, on the grounds that the name is

After stubbornly committing to its controversial nickname, Washington ' s NFL team is finally on the right side of history. Public opinion was firmly against them. So, when shipping company FedEx, the team ' s stadium sponsor, and NFL sponsors Nike and Pepsi began pushing for a name change , the

"I applaud [franchise owner] Dan Snyder for what he's doing trying to move us all forward," said Green, who played for Washington from 1983 through 2002. "That's what I'm grateful for. I don't want anything but what's right and true and honest and full of integrity. I believe the majority of fans would agree with me.

"I've got (old) jerseys and helmets. Hey, I'm ready to throw them away. Give me the new helmet. When I ran down the field in Chicago [on a punt return for a TD during a 1988 playoff win] or chased down Tony Dorsett [on MNF in his first game as a pro], those things were for the team that was in Washington."

George Starke, a former Washington offensive lineman and member of the legendary group, "The Hogs," revealed to WJLA that he is actually a Native American, and is definitely in favor of the name change.

"Not everybody knows this but I am a Native American, I'm a Mohawk," Starke said. "As a group, you know, the name's got to go. I mean, it's not that complicated an issue. There's not a lot of subtle nuance regardless of what Dan Snyder has said historically."

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Washington ’ s NFL team will no longer be called the Redskins; new name to come later. The decision to change 87-year-old team name comes amid mounting pressure on the franchise from corporate sponsors and the broader nationwide discussion of race.

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Still, not everyone is willing to accept the change. To other former players, Washington's team name is more special than just a moniker.

"I'll always call them the Washington Redskins, I'm sorry," said former center Jeff Bostic. "I've got great memories, great game scenarios that played out. There are parts of that I'll never forget the rest of my life. It was an honor for us to put the helmet on that had the Redskins emblem on the sides. This is a political and financial decision. This isn't what most people want. I'm sure if you're taking polls in the D.C. area, how many want to keep or change it, I guarantee you the overwhelming number is probably to keep it."

With training camp right around the corner, Washington does not have much time to select a new team name. Ben Fischer of SportsBusiness Journal reported that Washington would not release a new name Monday because of pending trademark issues are preventing that from occurring in a timely fashion. All we can do now is wait and see if this passionate D.C. fan base is ready to turn over a new leaf like their beloved football team has.

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