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D.C. Councilman wants team to change its name to Redtails

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TAMPA, FL - NOVEMBER 25: The helmet of a Washington Redskins player rests on the field during warm ups against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at the Raymond James Stadium on November 25, 2007 in Tampa, Florida. The Bucs won 19-13. (Photo by Al Messerschmidt/Getty Images)

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With increasing talk that “Redskins” is a racial slur not fit for a professional football team, one member of the City Council in Washington, D.C. has what he thinks is a better idea.

Council member David Grosso told the Washington Post that he thinks the city’s NFL team should be called the Redtails.

“You can still sing the song and everything,” Grosso said. “Hail to the Redtails.”

If the mascot becomes the red-tailed hawk, Grosso said, “you can still keep the feather.”

Many American Indians have said the name “Redskins” is racist and offensive, and Grosso said the nickname doesn’t reflect well on Washington.

“It’s been a long time that we’ve had this name associated with Washington, and I think its time we take a stand and change it,” Grosso said.

To date, neither the league office nor Redskins owner Dan Snyder has shown any inclination to change the name. Grosso is hoping the rest of the City Council will join him in saying they should.