Champ Bailey is one of the all-time greatest cornerbacks to ever suit up on NFL Sundays. Not only did his play on the field grant him the highest praise and accolades, but his off-the-field demeanor and actions made him one of the most respected athletes in the NFL.
Bailey’s words are held in high regard in the NFL community, so his latest comments regarding the Washington Redskins’ team name will certainly hold great value and importance.
Bailey joined former fellow Redskins players when he spoke out against the team’s name recently:
Twelve-time Pro Bowler and future Hall of Famer Champ Bailey’s opinion on the nickname ‘Redskins’ pic.twitter.com/2LLArhWE7e
— NFL on ESPN (@ESPNNFL) June 11, 2014
Bailey continued to discuss his thoughts on the team name in the interview with USA Today:
I don’t know where the name came from or how it came about, but the bottom line is that it’s still here in this day and age, and it makes no sense to have it. I love that organization, but when it starts peeling off old scabs and people are pitching a fit about it because it’s degrading to them, then you’ve got to make a change.
Bailey is echoing the same sentiment as many former NFL players have argued over the last several weeks and months; the ‘Redskins’ moniker is clearly demeaning and undoubtedly racially charged, and therefore the name should be changed.
Bailey was drafted by the Redskins with the 7th overall pick in the 1999 NFL Draft. He played with the team for five seasons before being traded to the Denver Broncos in 2004. Bailey will play with the New Orleans Saints in the upcoming 2014 NFL season.