Story at a glance

  • The team announced in July it would retire the Redskins name after it had long been criticized as a racial slur against Native Americans.
  • The organization sent out more than 30 names to choose from, although not every season-ticket holder was given the same list.
  • Some of the name suggestions include the Redwolves, Aviators, Warriors, Griffins, Armada, Belters, Renegades, Archers and Commanders, among others.

The Washington Football Team is soliciting input from fans on a possible new name after the franchise retired its Redskins moniker last summer. 

NBC Sports Washington reports the team sent surveys to season-ticket holders with lists of several name suggestions to help get a feel for what names fans may be leaning toward. 


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“This is an ongoing, iterative process — we’ve used focus groups, stakeholder interviews, large-scale surveys, and other qualitative and quantitative approaches to understand what fans want and what types of names resonate with our fans,” team president Jason Wright said in an email to fans. 

“To that end, we want to ask all of YOU for your input on what kinds of names are most meaningful to you — which concepts represent what you love about this organization and what it means to you,” Wright said. 

The organization sent out more than 30 names to choose from, although not every season-ticket holder was given the same list. 

Some of the name suggestions include the Redwolves, Aviators, Warriors, Griffins, Armada, Belters, Renegades, Archers and Commanders, among others. 

Team officials have said they’d like to have a new name in place for 2022 as the team will continue for 2021 with the Washington Football Team brand. It’s also possible the team sticks with that name permanently. 

The football franchise announced in July it would retire the Redskins name after it had long been criticized as a racial slur against Native Americans. 

Here’s a full list of names fans were asked to choose from via CBS Sports. 

Aces

Ambassadors

Anchors

Archers

Armada

Aviators

Beacons

Belters

Brigade

Commanders

Defenders

Demon Cats

First City Football Club (FCFC)

Griffins

Guardians

Icons

Majors

Monarchs

Pilots

Presidents

Razorbacks

Redtails

Redwolves

Red Hogs

Renegades

Riders 

Rising

Royals

Rubies

Swifts

Warriors

Washington DC Football Club (DCFC)

Wayfarers

Wild Hogs

32FC (W32)

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Published on Apr 15, 2021