Redskins to be known as the 'Washington Football Team'

Chris Lingebach
July 23, 2020 - 1:15 pm

The Washington Redskins are now officially known as the "Washington Football Team," effective immediately.

Adam Schefter broke the story that was set into motion when the team announced it would be launching a formal review of its nickname three weeks ago, which resulted in the team announcing a week and a half ago it would be retiring its name and logo.

According to Schefter, the team will temporarily go by Washington Football Team until it makes its final decision on its new name, which has yet to be decided. The Washington Football Team will not be changing its colors, keeping the burgundy and gold scheme, but will replace the Redskins logo on the helmet with its players' number in gold.

Schefter further reports while the Washington Football Team uses this new uniform/helmet combo during the 2020 season, it will be seeking feedback from players, alumni, fans, sponsors and the community on the new team name it will adopt at a later date.

The Washington Football Team issued the following statement announcing the historic move:

"On July 3rd we announced a thorough review of the team’s name in light of events in the country and feedback from our community. As the process has continued internally, we want to keep our players, alumni, fans, community and sponsors apprised of key developments.

"For updated brand clarity and consistency purposes, we will call ourselves the 'Washington Football Team' pending adoption of our new name. We encourage fans, media and all other parties to use 'Washington Football Team' immediately. The Redskins name and logo will officially be retired by the start of the 2020 season.

"In addition, we are rolling out an aesthetic that reflects the direction of the franchise as we progress toward a new name and design scheme.

"The decision to use 'Washington Football Team' for this season allows the franchise the ability to undertake an in-depth branding process to properly include player, alumni, fan, community, and sponsor input. To date, we have been pleased to see so many people putting forward their vision of what the new name and design should be on their social media channels and we look forward to including their feedback as this process progresses.

"Starting tomorrow and over the next 50 days, we will begin the process of retiring all Redskins branding from team properties whether it be FedExField, Redskins Park, other physical and digital spaces. We hope to complete this process in full by the team’s home opener against the Philadelphia Eagles on September 13.

"Included in the link below are uniform concepts featuring 'Washington Football Team' players: Jonathan Allen, Landon Collins, Dwayne Haskins, Ryan Kerrigan, Daron Payne and Chase Young in their home and road jerseys. The team will debut their home uniforms in their Week 1 contest against the Philadelphia Eagles and away uniforms in Week 2 against the Arizona Cardinals.

"Fans will be able to purchase 'Washington Football Team' merchandise from Fanatics and NFL Shop in the coming days.

"Full mockups of the logo, uniform concepts and FedExField design can be viewed at redskins.com/washingtonfootball."

The Washington Football Team has even scrubbed its old social media accounts, launching a new Twitter account in the process: @WashingtonNFL

The Washington Football Team has begun tweeting out uniform concepts.

We will add more to this story as information becomes available.

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