Washington Redskins fans, including many Native Americans, are strongly against the name change. The name is not meant to be offensive. The name Redskins represents positive meanings of honor, strength, pride and respect. In 1933, George Preston Marshall, the owner of the team, which was then located in Boston, renamed the team the Boston Redskins in honor of his head coach, William "Lone Star" Dietz, an American Indian. This was done to honor Native Americans not offend them.
As Washington Redskins fans and supporters, we do not agree with the consideration of changing the name of the team.
As Washington Redskins fans and supporters we also honor the history of all Native Americans across our country.