Ex-49er Davis 'really hurt' by Washington changing name

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The consensus is Washington made the right choice by removing a racial slur against Native Americans in their team name as they temporarily are called the Washington Football Team. 

Former 49ers tight end Vernon Davis feels otherwise, though.

"I feel like a part of me has been taken away," Davis said to TMZ, via NBC Sports Washington. "I grew up a Washington Redskins fan, right? I've always wanted to play for the team as a kid. I always had dreams and aspirations to play for that team."

"So, for them to change the name, it really hurt. It hurt deep down inside."

Davis, 36, was born in Washington, D.C. He attended the University of Maryland in college, and played the final four seasons of his 14-year NFL career for Washington.

The former star tight end clearly doesn't agree with the decision to change the name, but understands it from a business standpoint.

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"I understand it's a business. It's all business," Davis said. "If there's a lot of complaints and everyone's asking and if it's going to shine a better light on the organization, and just everything in general, I think it's best."

The 49ers selected Davis with the No. 6 pick in the 2006 NFL Draft. He was a two-time Pro Bowl selection with the 49ers and scored 55 touchdowns for San Francisco.