With Washington announcing on Monday its plans to fully retire the Redskins name and logo soon, Darrell Green's place as the record-holder for most games played under that name is officially cemented.
Now, thanks to that decorated tenure with the franchise, few people on the planet have an opinion on the drama surrounding the name that carries more weight than Green.
And during an appearance on ESPN's "NFL Live" show, the Hall of Famer had a chance to present that opinion.
In the latter portion of his chat with Dan Graziano, the cornerback gave some insight into how he'll handle Washington's dramatic switch. His answer was supremely intriguing.
"I've got jerseys and helmets," Green said. "Hey, I'm ready to throw them away. Give me another helmet. Give me the new helmet because, when I ran down the field in Chicago and I chased down [Tony] Dorsett or whatever the case may be, those things were for the team that was in Washington, so it didn't really matter. It still happened."
Graziano clearly had a similar reaction, because he quickly followed up with Green about those remarks. The 60-year-old didn't hesitate with his response.
"To give me a new jersey and a new helmet, that's fine," he said. "I'm good with that. I'm not into the argument thing."
"You're giving me another one aren't you?" he also added in the one-on-one. "Give me another one that represents this team, because that one is offensive."
Green was reluctant to direct any blame toward Dan Snyder's handling of the issue — something others haven't hesitated to do — and instead focused his remarks on just embracing the future.
That future, at least to him, includes a Washington organization with a new name and, hopefully, a slightly more inclusive league and country as well. If those outcomes result from this situation, he'll be content.
"This is a part of the continuation of the transformation of the nation," Green said. "That's the part I'm excited about for my children's children."
A good portion of fans have expressed that they will remain avid supporters of the team through this transition, even if that may be strange at first.
To hear that same thought process come from one of Washington's most iconic players, though, feels especially significant.
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