Washington to reveal new name Feb. 2; won't be RedWolves
Eagles Washington Football Washington Football Team takes the field before a NFL football game between the Philadelphia Eagles and the Washington Football Team on Sunday, January 2, 2022 in Landover, Maryland. (Shaban Athuman/Richmond Times-Dispatch via AP) (Shaban Athuman)Washington’s NFL team announced Tuesday it will unveil its new name on Feb. 2 and that it will not be called the Wolves or RedWolves. Commanders, Defenders, Red Hogs, Armada, Presidents, Brigade and the status quo “Washington Football Team” were the other finalists. The decision was made to be known as the Washington Football Team that season, which stuck around for 2021 while the front office went through a lengthy rebranding process. Wright made it clear during the rebranding process that Washington would not use any sort of Native American imagery moving forward.wftv.com
Washington Football Team bans headdresses, face paint in new stadium policy
FedEx Field ban The Washington Football Team announced that face paint and headdresses will be banned from FedEx Field. (Scott Taetsch/Getty Images)ASHBURN, Va. — Native American-inspired headdresses and face paint will no longer be allowed at FedEx Field when the Washington Football Team plays its games, the team announced Wednesday. The team announced this spring that it intends to be at full capacity for games during the 2021 season, The Washington Post reported. Washington Football Team bans Native American-inspired headdresses, face paint at FedEx Field https://t.co/IjcKCYlccs — The Washington Post (@washingtonpost) August 4, 2021The last time FedEx Field was at full capacity, the team had a different name that was deemed offensive to Native Americans. In other stadium news, FedEx Field has set up cashless payments throughout the stadium, WTOP reported.wftv.com
WFT president says list of names substantially narrowed down
RICHMOND, Va. — (AP) — Washington Football President Jason Wright said Thursday the organization has significantly trimmed the list of potential team names, with the unveiling expected before the 2022 NFL draft. “We have them narrowed down substantially,” Wright told The AP. Wright, who was hired in August, has said the new name will not have any Native American connotations or imagery. More than 25,000 names were submitted, with alumni, season-ticket holders, women, military members and children among the digital focus groups the team canvassed for opinions. ___More AP NFL: https://apnews.com/NFL and https://twitter.com/AP_NFL___More AP NFL: https://apnews.com/NFL and https://twitter.com/AP_NFLCopyright 2021 The Associated Press.wftv.com
Year since Washington change, Native sports imagery evolving
Washington's NFL team will not be called the Warriors or have any other Native American imagery in the new name when it's revealed next year. The Washington Football Team will be around for one more season, with a new name set to be revealed in early 2022. “The Washington Football Team’s announcement that they will not be using Native American imagery is a major step towards reconciliation, justice and equality, but there’s still more work to be done,” said Crystal Echo Hawk, founder and executive director of Native American-led nonprofit IllumiNative. K-12 SCHOOLSThe National Congress of American Indians reports 29 schools in the U.S. have moved away from a Native American name or imagery so far in 2021. The NCAI's National School Mascot Tracking Database lists 1,890 schools with Native American mascots.wftv.com
Washington replacing cheerleading team with coed dance team
FILE - Washington Football Team cheerleaders perform before an NFL football game against the New York Giants in Landover, Md., in this Sunday, Nov. 8, 2020, file photo. The Washington Football Team will not have cheerleaders for the 2021 season as part of an organizational rebranding. (AP Photo/Daniel Kucin Jr., File)Washington will not have cheerleaders for the first time since the NFL’s longest-running cheerleading team was founded in 1962, with a coed dance team taking its place. Wright has said he expects “Washington Football Team” to continue for 2021 with a new, permanent name to be ready in 2022. “My goal is to create this team, reinvent this team and make it more modern.”___AdMore AP NFL: https://apnews.com/NFL and https://twitter.com/AP_NFL
Ex-Washington employees ask NFL to release report findings
Owner Dan Snyder hired lawyer Beth Wilkinson to conduct an independent investigation in July after several female former employees made allegations of workplace sexual harassment. The NFL in July took over control of the investigation. “There must be accountability for the actions we believe are detailed in this report,” the employees wrote in their letter to Goodell. AdSeventeen former employees signed the letter to Goodell by name and three others anonymously. “For its own credibility, it is crucial that the NFL release the investigative report, while also protecting from disclosure any witnesses who requested confidentiality.
Washington hires Martin Mayhew as general manager
FILE - In this March 11, 2015, file photo, then-Detroit Lions general manager Martin Mayhew speaks during a news conference in Allen Park, Mich. Washington has hired Martin Mayhew to be its new general manager. The hiring of Mayhew makes Washington the only team in the NFL with a Black team president and GM. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya, File)Ron Rivera bulked up his front office Friday, hiring Martin Mayhew to be Washington's general manager and Marty Hurney to serve as executive vice president of football and player personnel. Mayhew joins Washington after four seasons with the San Francisco 49ers. Marty has a proven track record as a successful scout and general manager and will be a vital part of shaping our roster."
Washington Football Team gets hitting at 'fresh start' camp
Everywhere else around the Washington Football Team's practice facility has been scrubbed of the Native American logo that was synonymous with the storied franchise and its three Super Bowl titles. There's a new coach in Ron Rivera running the show, and his custom-made staff ensuring practice goes his way. It was football practice during a pandemic, even if it had a different feel than Redskins training camp that was held in Richmond, Virginia, the past seven years. The team would like to see Haskins take another step forward in the wake of rookie growing pains. But this is also a transitional year for the team that should have a new, permanent name in 2021, when the expectations will also rise.
Washington hires Wright as NFL's 1st Black team president
The Washington Football Team has hired Jason Wright as team president. Hes the first Black person to hold this job in NFL history and at 38 becomes the youngest team president in the league. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon, File)The Washington Football Team on Monday hired Jason Wright as team president, making him the first Black person to hold that position in NFL history. It will be called the Washington Football Team for at least the 2020 season, with Terry Bateman spearheading the process to determine a new full-time name. Wright is the fourth former player to become a team president and does so after several years in business.