Two notable NFL analysts and former Super Bowl champions say they're planning to a stand against the Washington Redskins' nickname by refusing to say it on the air.
The controversy surrounding the nickname has taken on all forms, and for CBS lead analyst Phil Simms and NBC studio analyst Tony Dungy, their protest will be to avoid saying it. Simms and CBS will broadcast the Giants-Redskins game on Sept. 25.
"My very first thought is it will be Washington the whole game,'' Simms told the Associated Press' Barry Wilner.
Dungy told the AP in an email that's his plan this season as well.
''I will personally try not to use Redskins and refer to them as Washington,'' Dungy said. ''Personal opinion for me, not the network.''
Others told the AP they wouldn't get involved in the controversy. Jim Nantz, Simms' partner on CBS' top broadcasting team, said it's ''not my job to take a stance.'' Troy Aikman, Fox's top analyst and former Cowboys quarterback, and CBS studio commentator Boomer Esiason were among those who told the AP that as long as the team's name is the Redskins they'll continue to use it.
Simms told AP he's not taking a side in the debate about whether the nickname is offensive, but he's just sensitive to the complaints. But the controversy has now forced NFL broadcasters to pick sides, simply by questioning whether they'll use the name on air or not.
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