All signs are pointing to the Washington Redskins changing their team name, especially now that FedEx and Nike have made their stance clear on this topic. Important members of the franchise, such as Ron Rivera and Dan Snyder, have already released statements on the new direction of the team.
Rivera shared his thoughts on this matter last week, saying “This issue is of personal importance to me and I look forward to working closely with Dan Snyder to make sure we continue the mission of honoring and supporting Native Americans and our military.”
While the football world has heard from Rivera and Snyder, former members of the team have stayed silent on this topic.
Matthew Paras of The Washington Times noted that Joe Theismann declined to comment on his story about the team changing its name. As for Doug Williams, the Redskins turned down a request for him to comment.
Former quarterback Joe Theismann, for instance, declined comment for this story, and the Redskins turned down a request to make Doug Williams available. Monk declined comment through his publicist.
Theismann and Williams are two of the most popular players in franchise history. It would’ve been nice to hear their thoughts on Washington changing its team name.
Washington hasn’t picked a new name yet, but there is some optimism that’ll happen before the start of the 2020 season. A couple of names are gaining traction, too.
ESPN NFL insider Adam Schefter is reporting that the franchise will move away from Native American imagery if a change is made. The team’s color scheme will most likely remain the same regardless of the name change.
Since the season is two months away, Washington is working against the clock here. Hopefully a change is made in time for the new season.