When Redskins owner Daniel Snyder opted for an all-caps “NEVER” regarding the possibility of the team changing its name, he risked galvanizing what has been a sputtering, disjointed, and half-hearted effort to alter it.
What he may have gotten was both a team and a fan base that will support him like never before.
Receiver Josh Morgan, a D.C. native, expressed pleasure over the development. “I grew up right down the street from RFK Stadium,” Morgan told LaVar Arrington and Chad Dukes of 106.7 The Fan. “As a matter of fact, I’m sitting here right now. All I know is the Redskins, so I’m glad we’re not going to ever change the name. . . .
“I’m happy,” Morgan added. “I was kind of getting scared when everyone started talking about the Redtails and all this other stuff. I was getting a little nervous about that.”
The chatter regarding the potentially offensive nature of the name won’t go away, now or perhaps ever. But those who see the word as reflecting only the name of the football team they love surely love the fact that Snyder won’t ever bow to whatever pressure comes his way.