Washington Commanders: The Evolution of the Franchise and its Name Change

2023-07-25 09:34:51

Washington Commanders
The Washington team was formed in 1932 as the Boston Braves. In 1933, William Henry “Lone Star” Dietz, a Native American, took over the crew. This brought many other players of Indian origin into the team. The Braves became the Redskins that same year. Rumor has it that the owner at the time, George Marshall, wanted to honor Dietz with it. However, Marshall denied this. Rather, the franchise feared being confused with the Boston baseball team of the same name. In 1937 they moved to Washington and the Washington Redskins were born. In the context of discussions about racism, which were triggered by the death of George Floyd on May 25, 2020, criticism of the Redskins name flared up again. As a result, the Washington team dropped the name in July 2020 and was temporarily called the Washington Football Team until a new name was found with the Washington Commanders in February 2022. “It’s a name that carries the weight and meaning befitting a 90-year-old franchise,” said team president Jason Wright. © 2022 Getty Images

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