The Washington Redskins announced Friday it would undergo a “thorough review” of its name and possibly change it after nearly 90 years.
Fans quickly pounced on the idea of changing the team’s name. Early in the discussion, it appeared “Washington Red Tails” was among the favorite replacements.
“Washington Warriors” was also among the favorite possible names, but some took issue with keeping Native American imagery and just replace the name Redskins, which many believe carries a negative connotation.
The Redskins have come under pressure to change the name in recent days. Corporate sponsors like FedEx, Nike and Pepsi are among the companies putting pressure on the organization.
Team owner Daniel Snyder has been adamant about keeping the name despite outside pressure, but on Friday he appeared to be willing to adopt a new name.
“This process allows the team to take into account not only the proud tradition and history of the franchise but also input from our alumni, the organization, sponsors, the National Football League and the local community it is proud to represent on and off the field,” Snyder said in a statement.
It’s unclear when the team will decide on whether to change the name. The Washington Post reported the name could change before the start of the season.