The Washington Redskins officially made the decision on Monday to not only retire the nickname they’ve had since 1932, but also the logo as well.
Washington owner Dan Snyder announced the team began a review of the name earlier this month after public pressure from several sponsors and huge retail stores.
“On July 3rd, we announced the commencement of a thorough review of the team’s name. That review has begun in earnest. As part of this process, we want to keep our sponsors, fans and community apprised of our thinking as we go forward.
Today, we are announcing we will be retiring the Redskins name and logo upon completion of this review,” the Washington football team announced Monday morning.
While most players and fans have accepted the change, not everyone is on board with where the team is headed.
Legendary Redskins player Jeff Bostic is not thrilled by the change at all. The former Pro Bowl offensive lineman and three-time Super Bowl champion, who is a famed member of “The Hogs” offensive line, says he won’t call the team by their new name.
“I’ll always call them the Washington Redskins, I’m sorry,” Bostic told ESPN.
“I’ve got great memories, great game scenarios that played out. There are parts of that I’ll never forget the rest of my life. It was an honor for us to put the helmet on that had the Redskins emblem on the sides. This is a political and financial decision. This isn’t what most people want. I’m sure if you’re taking polls in the D.C. area, how many want to keep or change it, I guarantee you the overwhelming number is probably to keep it.”
Change can be hard for a lot of people at first, but he might have a change of heart once he actually hears what the new name will be.