Dwayne Haskins Reveals New Washington Redskins Name
Washington’s football team will be retiring the “Redskins” name on Monday. After 87 years, a franchise that has gone by the same moniker since before World War II will go by a different designation.
The “Redskins” name has been the subject of much criticism and scrutiny over the last few years. Some considered it offensive to Native Americans and reacted negatively to it.
After being on the receiving end of financial pressure from FedEx and numerous apparel companies, team owner Dan Snyder finally agreed to make a change.
Although Monday marks the official retirement day of the Redskins name, a new one has yet to be named. It is currently tied up in a trademark dispute.
This week, quarterback Dwayne Haskins offered his take on what the new name should be.
Haskins grew up in in Maryland and is familiar with the Washington football culture.
“As a kid who grew up in the dmv it’ll always be #HTTR,” he tweeted, referring to the “Hail to the Redskins” phrase.
However, if a name change does occur, as planned, Haskins admits he would love to see the Redskins become the Redtails.
Redtails are a reference to Tuskegee Airmen, who were Black aviators during World War II. The name comes from them painting the tails of their planes red.
A final decision on the name should come at some point in the next few weeks.
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