Former Washington Redskins quarterback Joe Theismann has once again said he felt wearing the now controversial jersey during his playing career honored Native Americans.
His latest remarks were made while speaking at a luncheon before the New Mexico Bowl. The game, between the Colorado State Rams and the Washington State Cougars, is set to kick off tomorrow at University Stadium on the University of New Mexico campus in Albuquerque.
According to Yahoo Sports, Theismann also said he does understand why some Native Americans want the name changed.
The former Super Bowl winner made similar comments in October to TMZ when he said, “I was very proud to wear the Redskins uniform and represent the Native American nations of this country, as proudly as we could, with such great honor.”
While Dan Snyder, owner of the Washington Redskins has remained adamant that the team will not change its name, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid has recently joined the chorus of those on Capitol Hill requesting a name change for the franchise. President Barack Obama and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi have also spoken out about the need for a new mascot for the team.
The “Washington Redskins” has been the official name of the team since 1937.