Dan Snyder should 'do the right thing,' change Redskins name

Chris Lingebach
July 07, 2020 - 1:53 pm

Former Redskins cornerback Shawn Springs says team owner Dan Snyder should probably "do the right thing" by changing the team's controversial nickname.

During an interview with The Sports Junkies on Tuesday, Springs was asked to respond to the wave of retailers pulling Redskins merchandise from their online stores – namely Nike, Target and Walmart – as renewed calls for Washington to change its offensive nickname have resulted in the organization taking a step back to "undergo a thorough review" of its team name.

"When you start to see FedEx and Nike and some of your key sponsors decide that they don't want to be associated with the name, what do you do, right?" Springs said. "It's one thing when people say, 'Well, for moral reasons, we should do it. It's the right thing.'

"But when they start to attack your pockets and financially you start to get affected, I think everybody understands the significance of having some of these key sponsors. Man, I don't know what else Dan can do but just probably do the right thing and change the name."

Springs, who played five seasons in a Redskins uniform (2004-08), says he remembered when the name controversy would crop up "every now and then" but it always seemed like the native tribes were okay with it.

"It always came up every now and then," he said. "Especially when we were losing, it's like, 'Man, we got a curse on us or something. We're not good. We need to change the name.'"

"But as a player, sometimes you hear mixed reviews," he continued. "Like, well, some of the native tribes, we witnessed the Redskins organization would speak to 'em and they're okay with the name, and we're just gonna stick with the name. So it was more like, okay, well if the Native Americans are fine with it and it's not offensive to them, we might as well go out here and play."

"Personally, I always liked the logo with the arrow instead of the chief," Springs added. "I loved the arrow look, so, I don't know."

To celebrate the franchise's 70th anniversary, the Redskins in 2002 donned unis that threw back to their look in the late 1960s, temporarily scrapping the chief who became a mainstay in 1972 for a spear on the side of the helmets, along with deeper burgundy jerseys and mustard-yellow pants.

Redskins' 70th anniversary throwback uniforms in 2002
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