Feb 5, 2012; Indianapolis, IN, USA; NFL former player Joe Theismann walks on the field before Super Bowl XLVI between the New York Giants and the New England Patriots at Lucas Oil Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports

Joe Theismann Defends Washington Redskins Nickname

There is still a lot of debate surrounding the Washington Redskins nickname, but more and more people within the organization and past members have been speaking out in defense of the name. From Redskins owner Daniel Snyder to NFL commissioner Roger Goodell, they see the bigger picture and tradition with the name, but the latest man to come to the defense of the Redskins moniker is former quarterback Joe Theismann.

According to FOX Sports, Theismann recently stated publicly that he has no issue with the name.

“I was very proud to play for the Washington Redskins, and I did it to honor Native people in that regard,” Theismann said.

“I think sometimes people perceive words in their own particular way.  What happens, what Mr. Snyder decides to do is totally up to him.  I can just tell you that when I put that uniform on, and I put that helmet on with the Redskin logo on it, I felt like I was representing more than the Washington Redskins, I was representing the great Native American nations that exist in this country.”

As more people come forward saying that the name is simply honoring the Native Americans, we can hope that the debate goes away, but we know that it won’t.

There wasn’t any malicious intentions with the nickname, but our overly politically correct society likes to find issues with anything and everything possible.

While many people have no issue with the name, this is a debate that won’t be going anywhere anytime soon.

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