Dwayne Haskins likes Red Tails if Washington changes team name

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The franchise quarterback has weighed in on what Washington’s new team name should be.

Dwayne Haskins wrote on Twitter that his vote would be for Red Tails, which has often been discussed as a potential new team name.

“I like the redtails,” Haskins wrote.

After hearing plenty of feedback about that, Haskins added a follow up noting that the decision to move on from the franchise’s long-term name is above his pay grade.

“That’s if we have to change the name. Now out my mentions,” Haskins wrote, clearly wanting to avoid stirring up too much trouble on Twitter.

Red Tails has support for a few reasons. The Tuskegee Airmen, African-American pilots who fought in World War II, referred to themselves as the Red Tails, and the team has indicated it would like to honor the military with its next name. The red-tailed hawk, a bird sometimes seen in Washington, D.C., could serve as the team’s mascot. The name would also allow the team to keep and only slightly alter its fight song, with fans singing “Hail to the Red Tails.”

Dan Snyder has all but confirmed that his team is going to change its name, so the only question is what the team’s next name will be. Red Tails seems like a popular choice.

110 responses to “Dwayne Haskins likes Red Tails if Washington changes team name

  1. Wow…..who’d have thought the perfect re-name could present itself so effectively. I hope they do it. It’s sends a message . You can split hairs all day with the hold-outs, but now is the time.

  2. If they change the name, Red Tails would be a good one. Kind of distinct and Red-tailed hawks are very cool birds. Watching one catch it’s prey is fascinating.

    Please, nothing generic like Warriors or Braves. Other pro sports teams already use them.

    Personally, I like Hogs or even Warthogs (with Hogs for short). That pays homage to when the team wasn’t a joke…and I say this as a Redskins fan!

  3. I’d like to see the name changed to the Washington Americans. Ironically, this is likely viewed as a “controversial” choice.

  4. they’re not changing the name…the outrage will die down in a month or two like it always does…that’s exactly why they said they’d “review” it

  5. No Dwayne not the Red Tails. Why don’t you stick to working on becoming a starting QB in the NFL.

  6. Who will pay Dan Snyder for the lost income and brand value? Those pushing for a name change better be prepared to pay The Danny.

  7. Will he be taking selfies at the official name/logo unveiling and not paying attention to the actual ceremonies?

  8. I am actually sick of the NFL and all the whining about the name and numerous other things but congratulations to Haskins as Red Tails is a good nickname for both reasons.

  9. I don’t love it, but it’s no different than Cardinals or Blue Jays as far as bird mascots go. So, I wouldn’t really mind it. Anything other than a dictionary-defined racial slur is fine with me.

  10. The name Red Tails to honor the Tuskeegee Airmen is something everyone (I think) could get behind and pass the test of time. The name Red Tails after a hawk could become problematic. I don’t think anyone with common sense believes that Washington’s football team wanted to or wants to be known as a racial slur. yet here we are in this discussion. The new name, Red tails, be could be considered racist, sexist slang by future generations.

  11. I think they should call themselves the Washington Scoundrels in honor of the men and women of congress who serve the public in the city.

  12. Minor tweak to the fight song? Have you ever looked at the second verse?

    Scalp ’em Swamp ’em
    We will take ’em Big Score
    Read ’em Weep ’em Touchdown
    We want heaps more!
    Fight On, Fight On, ’til you have won
    Sons of Washington

    That has to go for sure!

  13. Mr. Haskins should concern himself with more important concerns like keeping his starting QB job.

  14. The Washington Warthogs should be the name. Named after the A-10 War jet. The A-10 should be honored. It’s the most feared weapon on the battlefield. If you all only knew how many soldiers’ lives the A-10 has saved and how many wars or battles it was instrumental in winning.
    You can make a team fight song around it, build your team’s image around it and it’s perfect representation of The District.

  15. Seahawks, Falcons, Eagles, Cardinals, Ravens, and now Redtails? What’s next the Cuckoo Birds?

  16. I dont like the name so I’m sure they’ll pick it. So glad I had a chance to watch and ENJOY the NFL in its glory in the 60s,70, 80, 90’s…

  17. Although I lean reasonably left politically, I’m very much against a name change. I don’t really see how this is any more offensive than the Indians, Braves, it Warriors. If it has to happen though, I think this is the wrong route to take, particularly Red Tails. This name will always be linked to the BLM movement, and while I fully support the movement, I think it’s a panic move to tie an historic NFL franchise’s name to it and will haunt them in the future.

    Keep the colors, uniforms, logos, and tradition. Change your name to the Washington Natives. Give yourselves a 2020-appropriate and quite frankly awesome version of your old name. And likely get under the skin of both the far left (PC principal anyone?) and far right (yes, I kindly remind the Trumpians out there that this country was conquered by white people a mere 400 years ago and we Caucasians are all immigrants, in fact I’m decended from the Plymouth Rock) while you’re doing it, since there’s really no argument to be made that the group of people chosen as the Washington mascot will be referred to as what they truly are.

  18. If you change the name. Consider the lesson learned here. Avoid “honoring” anyone. Why repeat history. Avoid the Red Tails. Plus, if the libs love it, you can stick it to them by going another direction. Repeat, avoid honoring any person or group.

  19. tazdev says:
    July 4, 2020 at 9:10 am
    Seahawks, Falcons, Eagles, Cardinals, Ravens, and now Redtails? What’s next the Cuckoo Birds?
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    I like the Fighting Oysters.

  20. maise says:
    July 4, 2020 at 8:16 am
    Who will pay Dan Snyder for the lost income and brand value? Those pushing for a name change better be prepared to pay The Danny.
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    Right. I hope Snyder can still eat and put a roof over his head because of this the poor guy.

  21. Change it to Stars and go with red white and blue colors. Keeps with the theme of other local teams and doubles as a jab to Dallas and the America’s team nonsense. And a way to get back at them for their former owner purchasing the rights to hail to the redskins and threatening to not allow it to be played at home games. Would also be a good way to create the illusion that there is actually still a rivalry between the two teams.

  22. maise says:
    July 4, 2020 at 8:16 am

    Who will pay Dan Snyder for the lost income and brand value?
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    Dude will probably profit on the change with all the new marketing and merchandise opportunities.

  23. I don’t get the connection between the Tuskegee Airmen and the red tail hawk.

    The bird has nothing to do with why they were called the red tails.

  24. Washington Revolution or Warhogs. I agree the name does not need to be tied to any one group. The team should be for everyone. As much as the Redtail makes sense you will have someone not happy with it. Ole Danny could have gotten in front of this a long long time about and spun this for something good to restart this franchise however another example of getting it wrong or waiting too late to act! Regardless true fans love the team not the name HTTR!

  25. “The franchise quarterback”…or one of the three guys competing for the job of quarterback?

  26. TRUE…has nothing to do with the red tail hawks.

    The pilots of the 332nd began flying P-51 Mustangs to escort the heavy bombers of the 15th Air Force during raids deep into enemy territory. The tails of their planes were painted red for identification purposes, earning them the enduring nickname “Red Tails.

  27. It would be funny if they changed the name to Washington Clams and had to change their name again in 2025.

    Why not go with an actual Native American tribe?

    The American Library Association recognizes the Native tribes in Seattle and its greater areas. There are 29 federally recognized tribes throughout Washington and they are: Chehalis, Colville, Cowlitz, Hoh, Jamestown S’Klallam, Kalispel, Lower Elwha Klallam, Lummi, Makah, Muckleshoot, Nisqually, Nooksack, Port Gamble S’Klallam, Puyallup, Quileute, Quinault, Samish, Sauk-Suiattle, Shoalwater Bay, Skokomish, Snoqualmie, Spokane, Squaxin Island, Stillaguamish, Suquamish, Swinomish, Tulalip, Upper Skagit, and Yakama. ALA would also like to recognize Duwamish, Wanapum, and Chinook, these tribes are not recognized by the U.S. federal government but have had a long history in present-day Washington.

    My vote is for Nooksack.

  28. I’m with Dwayne! Redtails is the perfect make for the franchise, and a perfect logo already exists from a rename the franchise logo contest a few years ago. Just Google Washington Redtails and look in images, an you’ll see an awesome cartoon Spitfire like the Redtails flew in WWII.

  29. I remain against teams changing names that have existed for decades, but the Redskins … changing it to anything with “hogs” in it, would be amazing, and makes all the sense in the world.

  30. seanismorriscom says:
    July 4, 2020 at 11:20 am
    It would be funny if they changed the name to Washington Clams and had to change their name again in 2025.

    Why not go with an actual Native American tribe?

    The American Library Association recognizes the Native tribes in Seattle and its greater areas. There are 29 federally recognized tribes throughout Washington and they are: Chehalis, Colville, Cowlitz, Hoh, Jamestown S’Klallam, Kalispel, Lower Elwha Klallam, Lummi, Makah, Muckleshoot, Nisqually, Nooksack, Port Gamble S’Klallam, Puyallup, Quileute, Quinault, Samish, Sauk-Suiattle, Shoalwater Bay, Skokomish, Snoqualmie, Spokane, Squaxin Island, Stillaguamish, Suquamish, Swinomish, Tulalip, Upper Skagit, and Yakama. ALA would also like to recognize Duwamish, Wanapum, and Chinook, these tribes are not recognized by the U.S. federal government but have had a long history in present-day Washington.

    My vote is for Nooksack.

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    Wait, you do know that Seattle is in Washington state, and Washington D.C. is a different place right? Why would Seattle area tribe names be relevant at all?

  31. Redtails??? No. Americans IF they really change it. I haven’t heard Dan say it yet, just vague “consideration”.

  32. It’s time now more than ever for the silent majority to speak with their wallets. We don’t need sports in our lives. It’s just entertainment, it’s not a necessity. Things are not going to get better from here. Send the message right now and stop buying anything associated with the NFL and NBA.

  33. How about the Washington Mutts? As Bill Murray famously quipped in Stripes, Americans are all a bunch of mutts. Mutts are lovable, loyal, and, by definition, multi-racial. What’s not to like?

  34. Well great – now if they go with anything other than Red Tails, it will be “racist”.

    Warthogs and Red Tails both seem like good choices though.

  35. warrior: generic name with no race or historic connotation
    cowboys: specific name with historic connotation, related to a specific group of people,
    without any implicit negative connotation applied on the individuals of the group
    itself
    redskins: specific name with historic connotation, related to a specific group of people,
    with implicit negative connotation applied on the individuals of the group
    itself
    broncos: specific name related to a group of animals that brings inspiration based on the
    the beauty and power of the horse
    red tails: specific name with historic positive connotation

  36. maise says:
    July 4, 2020 at 8:16 am
    Who will pay Dan Snyder for the lost income and brand value? Those pushing for a name change better be prepared to pay The Danny.
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    Lost income? With the name change and new jerseys, merchandise, etc. Washington would probably sell more stuff then they have the last 10 years combined.

  37. nflfan1976 says:
    July 4, 2020 at 12:04 pm
    seanismorriscom says:
    July 4, 2020 at 11:20 am
    It would be funny if they changed the name to Washington Clams and had to change their name again in 2025.

    Why not go with an actual Native American tribe?

    The American Library Association recognizes the Native tribes in Seattle and its greater areas. There are 29 federally recognized tribes throughout Washington and they are: Chehalis, Colville, Cowlitz, Hoh, Jamestown S’Klallam, Kalispel, Lower Elwha Klallam, Lummi, Makah, Muckleshoot, Nisqually, Nooksack, Port Gamble S’Klallam, Puyallup, Quileute, Quinault, Samish, Sauk-Suiattle, Shoalwater Bay, Skokomish, Snoqualmie, Spokane, Squaxin Island, Stillaguamish, Suquamish, Swinomish, Tulalip, Upper Skagit, and Yakama. ALA would also like to recognize Duwamish, Wanapum, and Chinook, these tribes are not recognized by the U.S. federal government but have had a long history in present-day Washington.

    My vote is for Nooksack.

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    Wait, you do know that Seattle is in Washington state, and Washington D.C. is a different place right? Why would Seattle area tribe names be relevant at all?

    17 3 Rate This
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    I hope you know that Chief Seattle was a Suquamish Indian chief.

    Washington DC, as in Da Capital. Eastern US. Washington State is in the western US.

  38. I think Red Tails is a good one for the reasons given.

    Does the Native community specifically WANT to remove all Native references as a possibility? What about the Washington Natives?

  39. The Redskins aren’t changing their name because they want to. They are changing it because the crybaby mob crowd is demanding it .
    Meanwhile here in Albuquerque where I liv eeeeee, all the natives ive asked like the Redskins name and the mascot

  40. Actually, go with red tails. There are three other teams who have fans who would be happy to rename them the Washington Redasses once they crush them.

  41. This is priceless here LOL
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    jac1216 says:
    July 4, 2020 at 2:28 pm
    It is official now he will not be the starter

  42. edtiley says:
    July 4, 2020 at 9:03 am
    Minor tweak to the fight song? Have you ever looked at the second verse?

    Scalp ’em Swamp ’em
    We will take ’em Big Score
    Read ’em Weep ’em Touchdown
    We want heaps more!
    Fight On, Fight On, ’til you have won
    Sons of Washington

    That has to go for sure!

    Obviously not a fan of the team nice try with the lyrics though they go like this
    Hail to the Redskins!
    Hail Victory!
    Braves on the Warpath!
    Fight for old D.C.!
    Run or pass and score—We want a lot more!
    Beat ’em, Swamp ’em,
    Touchdown! — Let the points soar!
    Fight on, fight on ‘Til you have won
    Sons of Wash-ing-ton. Rah!, Rah!, Rah!
    Hail to the Redskins!
    Hail Victory!
    Braves on the Warpath!
    Fight for old D.C.!

  43. tazdev says:
    July 4, 2020 at 9:10 am
    Seahawks, Falcons, Eagles, Cardinals, Ravens, and now Redtails? What’s next the Cuckoo Birds?

    ————————

    Except the Red Tails isn’t named after a bird. It is named after the airplane the Tuskegee Airmen flew in WWII. They were known as the Red Tail Squadron. The tails of their planes were red.

    Hail to the Red Tails

  44. dukered says:
    July 4, 2020 at 3:37 pm

    Obviously not a fan of the team nice try with the lyrics though they go like this
    Hail to the Redskins!
    Hail Victory!
    Braves on the Warpath!
    Fight for old D.C.!
    Run or pass and score—We want a lot more!
    Beat ’em, Swamp ’em,
    Touchdown! — Let the points soar!
    Fight on, fight on ‘Til you have won
    Sons of Wash-ing-ton. Rah!, Rah!, Rah!
    Hail to the Redskins!
    Hail Victory!
    Braves on the Warpath!
    Fight for old D.C.!
    —————————————–

    Actually he was correct EXCEPT those were the older lyrics

    These are the ORIGINAL lyrics to Hail to the Redskins

    Hail to the Redskins!
    Hail Victory!
    Braves on the Warpath!
    Fight for old Dixie
    Run or pass and score — we want a lot more!
    Scalp ’em, swamp ’em — We will take ’em big score
    Read ’em, weep ’em, touchdown – we want heap more
    Fight on, Fight on — ‘Till you have won
    Sons of Wash-ing-ton. Rah!, Rah!, Rah!

    “In July 1965 a black Redskins fan wrote to the owner of the Redskins, describing the racial unrest that Dixie caused and asking for it to be stopped. According to an article in the Washington, D.C. Afro American Oct 25, 1965 Dixie was no longer played as a counter-melody starting in 1965.”

  45. You know, the comments telling Haskins to concentrate on football, make me laugh. He is as entitled to his opinion as you are, and he didn’t say anything out of turn. here’s my tuppence worth. I would assume Washington will put together a shortlist of names and either have a vote or a competition to decide. Personally, the Redtails sounds nice or the Arrows. That way, they could keep the old arrow logo, keep the colours and it wouldn’t cost too much.

  46. Yep I can see the headlines when the get beaten badly. Washington puts there red tails between there legs. They play with there tails between there legs.

    How about keep it in line with there helmets and logos

    The Washington.

    Indians………….
    Tomahawks…..
    Squaws………..women need to be represented
    Apaches………

    On a side note can you imagine if someone wrote to name them after a squadron of white fighter pilots? Don’t mean to stir things up but let’s be honest.

  47. Keep the name Redskins. Change the mascot to a red potato.

    Seriously, the NFL is about to go bankrupt trying to appease less than %10 of the US population.

  48. He hasn’t even won the starters job yet and you’re already calling him their franchise QB?

  49. Sales revenue of ALL NFL team merchandize is split EQUAL among the 32 team.

    Danny will not make any more money than any of the other team owners!

    Why wouldn’t the other owners support a name change, it is more money for all of them !!

  50. For years, Native Americans asked Dan Snyder to change the team’s name and he said he would NEVER do it (and he put NEVER in all caps).
    Nike and FedEx asked him to change the name and less than 24 hours later he all but confirmed he’s going to do it.

  51. amyisraelchai1 says:
    July 4, 2020 at 6:54 pm

    Seriously, the NFL is about to go bankrupt trying to appease less than %10 of the US population.

    Amy, truer words were never spoken! I agree with you 100%. The NFL, NBA, and MLB will be in shock with the amount of fans they’ve alienated and will lose.

  52. As someone else said, the Washington Hogs or Warthogs sounds like a winner. I am running for the hills if they change our name to the red tails. YIKES!

  53. I’m all for it. It’s time to start honoring true heroes instead of traitorous slavers.

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