It took much longer than expected, but the Washington Redskins have finally removed their longtime controversial team name. The organization has moved forward in another direction with their eyes on starting anew with their next choice with a brand new image and representation. It didn’t take long for new team president Jason Wright to prop up a specific suggested name thrown in his direction.
Washington removes team name
It was a long time coming, but Washington has moved away from their previous team name to put them a course to find a new identity.
That massive change began with a substantial financial push from many of their partners, drawing a line in the sand. It has seen FedEx, who holds the naming rights to the franchise’s stadium under a $205 million deal that extends through 2025, sent a request for the team to change their name. It has also seen sponsors, such as Nike, Amazon, and Pepsi, pressuring the organization to make that move.
NFL commissioner Roger Goodell has also chimed into the situation with him supporting a name change. That gave way to the team announcing on Monday that they have retired the name. All of that came after years of public pushback to change the name that has a racial connotation toward Native Americans. Synder initially declined to make that alteration as his rationale stuck firm with the name tied to the organization’s history that extends nearly 90 years.
Following that process, there has yet to be a new name chosen, but new teammate team president Jason Wright may have hinted a possible choice.
Jason Wright suggests fans have pushed hard for Redwolves
The Washington Football Team has continued to revamp their image this offseason since the name change.
That has seen them make the monumental move by hiring Jason Wright as the NFL’s first black team president, who is also the youngest in league history at age 38. With that in mind, it didn’t take long for Wright to receive a strong push from the fans on social media for the Redwolves’ name as he voiced on Monday on the Washington Football Team Talk podcast.
“Within 30 seconds of being announced someone blew up my Twitter with Redwolves propaganda,” Jason Wright said.
“This is a very aggressive campaign around Redwolves, which is wonderful. The passion is fantastic. You have fans that are so engaged on this and we are absolutely going to harness this.”
The Redwolves is one of the many that has continued to gain traction among fans. There have been others garnering support such as the Warriors and Red Tails, a reference to the all-Black WWII fighter pilots from Tuskegee.
It shows how strongly the fan base is pushing to get a new team name in place to start the new era for the franchise.
Washington weighing many options
It’s still a very fluid situation for the Washington Football Team in their search for a new team name.
The franchise is taking a thorough approach with the selection process, which is taking much longer than expected. Washington can distance itself from that situation regarding their previous name and create an entirely new brand and image moving forward.
There hasn’t been any indication concerning how long the entire process as new head coach Ron Rivera voiced that the team could roll through the 2020 season without a new name. Washington isn’t rushing to come to a decision that may work their advantage to promote their upcoming choice better.
Although their next name likely won’t be announced soon, it’s a fresh opportunity to move the franchise forward in a positive direction.