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A touchdown for progress: Washington Redskins announce plans to drop controversial name and logo

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In 1991, former Whitehall and Penn State star Matt Millen leaves the San Francisco 49ers to sign with the Washington Redskins (The Morning Call file photo / TMC)

By Jamie Miller

After years of lobbying and requests, the Washington Redskins NFL team announced that it will be changing the team name. They will be the Redskins no longer. The pressure has finally become too much, as on July 13 the team announced it was finally going to change its name.

The team began in 1932 as the Boston Braves, and changed the name a year later to the Redskins. The team moved to Washington five years later. 

There has been resistance to the Redskins name for a long time. In 1972 numerous Native Americans leaders asked the Redskins president Daniel Snyder to change the name, In 1992, more than 2,000 Native American activists protested the name at Super Bowl XXVI. Protests and lobbying against the name have been going on ever since. 

Until recently the team has resisted changing the team name per the words of Redskins president Daniel Snyder when asked if he would ever change the name back in 2013. He replied “NEVER, You can use caps,” as he saw nothing wrong with the name. In 2014, Snyder said the name “Redskins” is not disparaging to Native Americans but instead a term of honor and respect. 

However what their new name will be remains to be seen, with many suggestions floating around including ”Red Wolves,” ”Warriors,” and ”Sentinels.” Someone even suggested the Retrievers. Another suggestion is the “Washington Redtails,” which would honor the Tuskegee Airmen, the first unit of Black pilots to fly combat planes in World War II.

What do you think readers? What suggestions do you have for a new team name? Please put them in the comments.