The Washington Football Team’s new nickname won’t be what you think it is.
Though they will be known as the Washington Football Team in 2020, a new nickname is coming.
On Monday, former NFL veteran and Northwestern University alum Jason Wright was named the new team president of the organization, replacing the much maligned Bruce Allen in that role. Wright is the first black team president in the history of the NFL and the fourth former player to assume the role. He will operate almost exclusively on the business side of things, unlike Allen.
“This team, at this time, is an ideal opportunity for me,” said in a statement. “The transformation of the Washington Football Team is happening across all aspects of the organization — from football to operations to branding to culture — and will make us a truly modern and aspirational franchise. We want to set new standards for the NFL.”
While one would think a former black NFL player turned team president would be in favor of the team becoming the Washington Red Tails, that doesn’t appear to be the case.
Per Scott Allen of the Washington Post, “Jason Wright, laughing, when Michael Strahan asked about the WFT’s new name on GMA: “I know what you all are thinking. You hired a brother and all of a sudden the betting money is on Red Tails. It’s not.””
So if the Washington Football Team doesn’t become the Red Tails, what now?
We should expect the franchise to keep the burgundy and gold color scheme because it’s a clean, classic and iconic look. However, this team’s new nickname for 2021 could be anything. At this time, there are only 33 names we can safely cross off: The nicknames of the 31 other NFL franchises because this isn’t the SEC, their former offensive nickname and now the Red Tails.
For those who believe in the Washington Sentinels more than Gene Hackman ever did, there is a chance you could purchase a burgundy and gold Shane Falco jersey if you feel so inclined. “I wish I could say something classy and inspirational, but that just wouldn’t be our style. Pain heals, chicks dig scars, glory lasts forever. It’s been an honor sharing the field of battle with you.”
As soon as owner Daniel Snyder and the Washington brass can sort out the whole copyright fiasco, we’ll have a new team nickname for this professional football team and one the nation’s capital can be proud to root for. It’ll be an interesting year for Washington to play under new head coach Ron Rivera in front of no fans, but again, beggars can’t be choosers. It is 2020 after all.
If you wanted the Washington Red Tails, this dream has died like you becoming an astronaut.