The Washington football team is going to have a new name at some point in the future. He dropped his old nickname “Redskins” in the summer of 2020 after FedEx – the team’s stadium naming rights sponsor – called on them to make the change.
Soon after, Nike stopped selling Redskins clothing on its website. And Washington DC Mayor Muriel Bowser confirmed that the team’s name remains a barrier to the team building any new stadium in the District of Columbia.
As a result, owner Daniel Snyder announced that the team will undergo a “thorough review” of its name, citing a desire to seek input from various groups on the future of the nickname.
“This process allows the team to consider not only the proud tradition and history of the franchise, but also the contributions of our alumni, the organization, sponsors, the National Football League and the local community that she is proud to represent on and off the field, ” Snyder said in a statement.
On July 13, 2020, Washington announced it would change its name and logos ahead of the 2020 NFL season. They would be known temporarily as the Washington Football Team until a new name is chosen.
Over a year later, no decision has been made on a permanent name. When will the Washington football team announce their permanent name? And what are the potential options? Here’s everything you need to know about the name change that Snyder was adamant he never would.
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When will the Washington football team pick a new name?
Team president Jason Wright has announced that the Washington football team will reveal their new name in 2022.
“The new name and logo will be revealed in early 2022,” Wright said in an interview. “And [it] will retain the traditional burgundy and gold colors that are steeped in the history of the team. “
This timeline would put Washington on the right track for a complete overhaul of its organization in 18 months. The extensive rebranding process which “included 40,000 fan submissions, multiple focus groups, polls and a digital rollout (on washingtonjourney.com) to give fans a glimpse of the process,” according to Nicki Jhabvala of the Washington Post.
For 2021, the team will still be known as the Washington Football Team. But this will be the last season the team operates under that moniker, at least temporarily.
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Washington football team name options
The Washington football team has narrowed its list of potential nicknames to eight possibilities. Tanya Snyder, the team’s co-CEO, announced them during a recent episode of the Adam Schefter podcast. They are:
- red pigs
- Red wolves
- Washington football team
A few of them are self-explanatory. Washington could choose to keep its current name “Washington Football Team” permanently or they could choose to roll with “Presidents” as a nod to Washington DC’s status as the nation’s capital.
Here’s why the other options are finalists for Washington.
“Red Hogs” comes from the nickname for Washington’s offensive line in the late 1980s and early 1990s. Washington’s offensive line was then known as “The Hogs”, and was one of the best. of the NFL. They helped the team win three Super Bowls with Joe Jacoby and Russ Grimm leading the unit.
The pigs would be a nod to this group – and the “Hogette” mascots that came after them – while keeping the word “red” would be a nod to the team’s old nickname.
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Armada, Brigade, Commanders and Defenders
The defenders, armada, brigade and commanders are all centered around the army. It’s something that coach Ron Rivera, who grew up in a military family, has expressed interest in associating the new name with the team.
“This issue is of personal importance to me,” Rivera said when the name change was initially discussed. “I look forward to working closely with Dan Snyder to ensure that we continue the mission of honoring and supporting Native Americans and our military.”
As such, any of them could be in play.
“Red Wolves” is an interesting option, as it gained a lot of traction among Washington fans on Twitter shortly after the name change was announced. Red wolves are an endangered species that resides in the southeastern United States.
The “red wolves” are gaining ground in Washington. DL Jonathan Allen has touted the name on Twitch, Compton has done so below, and the fan petition backing him just passed 3,500 signatures. Red Wolves are an endangered species native to the Southeastern United States, as well as a former support team for the Navy SEALs. https://t.co/f6Pj0A0FBv
– Sam Fortier (@ Sam4TR) July 10, 2020
Red Wolves was one of 40,000 fan submissions for the team name choice. Maybe Washington will accept it if it gets enough support from the fans.