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Darrell Green glad about Washington's name change: Was a 'disparaging thing hanging over this team'

Jason Owens
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Count Darrell Green among the prominent voices applauding the name change in Washington.

With Washington’s NFL team announcing the end of its nickname and logo on Monday, the Hall of Fame cornerback is on board with the move.

“I’m glad about it,” Green told CBS Sports Network’s Tiki and Tierney on Monday. “I applaud Dan Snyder for making this decision, and I agree with it. ... It’s always been a disparaging thing hanging over this team, that name.

“I want to make it on record. I applaud this decision, and I agree with it. This is a reconciling of history. Where we are as a nation, this is great.”

Green played all 20 of his NFL seasons with Washington, winning two Super Bowls and earning seven Pro Bowl nods from 1983 to 2002. He was also named the 1996 Walter Payton Man of the Year in the NFL.

When asked if he was concerned about his history with the team being erased, Green wasn’t worried.

“For me, you can throw all of mine away,” Green said. “Humans first. If it offends people, humans first. My grandkids will be fine.”

Darrell Green called Washington's name change a "reconciling of history." (AP Photo/Scott Applewhite, File)
Darrell Green, seen here after being drafted in 1983, called Washington's name change a "reconciling of history." (AP Photo/Scott Applewhite, File)

Name is changing, not history

Of course nobody’s suggesting that Green’s or any other player’s accomplishments be stricken from the record — just the end of a moniker that’s a racial slur to Native Americans. Green’s not losing his Hall of Fame career just because of a name change.

And that’s part of the point here. The accomplishments of the men who achieved NFL greatness with Washington’s football franchise are not at stake. History isn’t being erased.

Hogs great doesn’t agree with name change

But not every player associated with the team is on board. Jeff Bostic, who played center on the offensive line affectionally known as the “Hogs,” won three Super Bowls with Washington. He was Green’s teammate on two of those championship teams.

He doesn’t like the name change and believes that fans in Washington don’t either.

“I’ll always call them the Washington Redskins, I’m sorry,” Bostic told ESPN’s John Keim. “I’ve got great memories, great game scenarios that played out. There are parts of that I’ll never forget the rest of my life. It was an honor for us to put the helmet on that had the Redskins emblem on the sides.

“This is a political and financial decision. This isn’t what most people want. I’m sure if you’re taking polls in the D.C. area, how many want to keep or change it, I guarantee you the overwhelming number is probably to keep it.”

Bostic’s poll conjecture is just that. There is no such poll. But he represents a constituency that has long argued for the team to maintain its name and continues to hold that belief after Monday’s announcement.

But after decades of pressure, the tides have shifted enough to force owner Daniel Snyder’s hand. There will be no turning back.

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