Washington Football Team Drops Eight Possible Nicknames to Replace Redskins

by Samantha Whidden
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Just a little over a year after the Washington Football Team franchise dropped the “Redskins” name and Indian head logo, the organization dropped eight possible nicknames to replace the NFL team’s former mascot.

During a recent interview with ESPN’s Adam Schefter, Washington Football Team’s co-CEO, Tanya Snyder, confirmed the eight potential mascots. Armada, Presidents, Brigade, Redhawks, Commanders, Redwolves, Defenders, and WFT. 

In July 2020, the Washington Football Team officials announced that they were officially retiring the Redskins name and logo. Dan Snyder and Coach Rivera at the time were working closely together to develop the new name and design. 

The Washington Football Team’s President Speaks Out About the Name Change

In July 2021, the Washington Football Team’s President, Jason Wright, announced plans to find a new mascot. “It’s no secret why we began this journey of finding a new brand identity,” he wrote in a blog post. “It centered around our old name and its use of Native American imagery and racialize language.

The Washington football team’s official does say that he wasn’t there for the rescinding of the name. But Wright stated he believes the name change was done with faith that the ties of the fan base’s run deep for traditions. “Positive aspects of our identity can be preserved and even enhanced under a new name that does not offend any member of our community. Quite simply, it is the right thing to do.”

Wright does recognize that not everyone is in favor of this change. But he notes it is important to prioritize the views of those who have been hurt but the team’s historical use of Native American language, iconography, and imagery.

“Let me also be clear. Moving on from the old moniker does not invalidate the memories so many of you had with loved ones watching your football heroes in burgundy and gold,” Wright goes on to add. “And we need your help to ensure we preserve those memories under a new banner. [One] that should bring even more fans into the Washington family.”

The Washington Football Team Announces 2021 Season Captains 

On Wednesday (September 8th) the Washington Football Team announced the captains for the 2021 season. Chase Young, Terry McLaurin, Brandon Scherff, Jonathan Allen, and Deshazor Everett are back as captains for 2021.  Ryan Fitzpatrick, Jon Bostic, and Logan Thomas are new captains for the season.

The Washington Football Team is currently gearing up for the first game of the 2021 season. The team will go be going against the Los Angeles Chargers on September 12th. The game will kick off at 1 p.m. EST. The team’s other opponents for the 2021 season include the Giants, Bills, and Falcons. The team’s record was 7-9 last year. 

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