Washington Redskins fans all over the country knew this day would come when the franchise would eventually be forced to change their name.
Washington announced on Monday it would be retiring the “Redskins” name and logo after public pressure from major sponsors and retail stores removing their merchandise until a change was made.
On Tuesday, Dale Earnhardt Jr., who has long been a diehard fan of the Washington Redskins, was asked about the decision on his “Dale Jr. Download” podcast.
He said he is “excited about the change.”
“I’m all for it. This conversation has been going on for a really, really long time,” Earnhardt said.
Earnhardt is happy that the nickname is no longer a “dark cloud” hanging over the organization.
“I’m ready for a new chapter. I’m ready for this conversation to no longer be part of my experience as a fan of the team, and the debate over this and the frustration over it and how it affects the franchise,” he said. “It’s a dark cloud over it all the time and it’s not going away. And it’s hard to continue to support the franchise when this is part of the conversation.
“I’m great to break completely clean and start an entirely new identity and future. I think it will be great for the organization.”
Nicknames like the Red Wolves, Warriors, Redtails have been making waves on social media as possible name changes.