In the coming days, and in the spirit of a presidential election year, NBC Sports Washington is interviewing former Redskins and NFL players who grew up in VDD for their thoughts on the imminent name change to the Burgundy and gold – and what name THEY would like to see.
The Washington Redskins released a statement on Friday announcing that they were undergoing a “thorough review” of the team’s name after major corporate sponsors FedEx, Nike, PepsiCo and others put pressure on the organization to change its mascot.
At this point, a name change seems inevitable. So what will be the new nickname for the team?
Former Redskins cornerback Fred Smoot told NBC Sports Washington on Sunday that the team’s top decision makers, especially owner Dan Snyder, have a few top candidates who stand out.
“What I hear from Redskins Park, there are already a couple of names they like,” said Smoot. “This tells you that Dan is already working on it.”
Over the past few days, several potential name replacements have surfaced, with the Warriors, Redtails and Redhawks being the most popular. For Smoot, “Warriors” would be the easiest transition.
“Warriors is the one that stands out the most in my head,” said Smoot. “I think it’s an easy transition. There are no warriors in the NFL. It’s already a mascot for Golden State, and they got no hindsight.”
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The name “Warriors” also allows the team to honor the Native Americans, which Smoot said Snyder wanted to do.
“In the end, besides Warriors, I know that Redtails is up there,” said Smoot. “But [Synder] said something that stayed with me: he wants to keep the logo and recognize the Amerindians, give them something they are proud of. That tells me it won’t be Redtails. “
While “Warriors” might be the easiest transition for the franchise, Smoot has offered some of its own suggestions. And they were quite creative.
“If you go for a complete overhaul, you can become Red Wolves,” said Smoot. “I have never heard anyone say anything about it. The wolf is almost a spiritual animal for Native Americans. I think red wolves would be one of those things that I have never heard anyone say that I think it would be great. I can just see FedEx Field and the 80,000 people howling like wolves. It would be really something. “
In addition, the cornerback mentioned that Snyder did not want to change the team’s current colors or logo.
“If you get a name like” Americans “or” Red Wolves “, you don’t have to change brands,” said Smoot. “Whenever ‘Redskins’ is, you just remove the name. [Snyder] has already said that he keeps the colors. He keeps the logo. Now it’s just a matter of changing the name. “
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Aside from the Red Wolves, Smoot also had a few other … uh … ready-made suggestions.
“I have another one out of the ordinary, because you know I’m a pissed off guy,” said Smoot. “This one, you’re almost going to laugh. What about the Washington District of Columbia?”
In addition, Smoot suggested that the Redskins could take the mascot of a leading university athletics program – or also change the name to something that would honor the team’s own history.
“If you go for a complete overhaul, there are so many different animals that haven’t been used,” said Smoot. “We could be the Washington Wolverines. But I don’t think [Snyder] wants a total re-brand. I think we could be the Washington Pigskins. Just put the pig in front [Skins]. We are already connected to the Hog. “
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