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Pro sports teams that changed their name without changing cities

Pro sports teams that changed their name without changing cities

If the Washington football team ultimately decides to change their name from the Redskins, they wouldn't be the first pro sports team to change names without changing cities. 

Heck, they wouldn't even be the first DC sports team to do so. 

As ESPN's Adam Schefter points out, six teams in the last 25 years have switched their name without moving to a new location, including when the Washington Bullets became the Wizards. 

1997: Washington Bullets --> Washington Wizards

Bullets/Wizards owner Abe Pollin decided to change his team's name in 1995 after his team's name had become associated with violent overtones and the rising crime in Washington DC at the time. 

Pollin held a contest for fans to vote on the team's new name. The options were Wizards, Express, Stallions, Sea Dogs and Dragons. Wizards eventually won out and the rest is history.

1999: Tennessee Oilers --> Tennessee Titans

When the Oilers moved to Tennessee after nearly 40 years in Houston, they kept the Oilers name going. However, they quickly changed over to the Titans after two seasons and it's been that way ever since.

2006: Mighty Ducks of Anaheim --> Anaheim Ducks

Not a huge change, but the Anaheim Ducks completely rebranded their look and won a Stanley Cup right after. Not too bad a move, even though we all miss the iconic Mighty Ducks look.

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2008: Tampa Bay Devil Rays --> Tampa Bay Rays

In an attempt to reinvent themselves, the Rays dropped the "Devil" portion of their name and immediately won a pennant. The mid-to-late 2000s weren't a bad time to make a brand change. 

2013: New Orleans Hornets --> New Orleans Pelicans

Under new ownership, the Hornets changed their name to the Pelicans as they embarked on a new era led by Anthony Davis. It also freed up our next franchise to reclaim its rightful name. 

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2014: Charlotte Bobcats --> Charlotte Hornets

When the Hornets moved to New Orleans and Charlotte started another team named the Bobcats, it just didn't feel right. So when the Pelicans rebranded themselves, the Hornets name was up for grabs and Charlotte wasted no time taking it back. 

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London Fletcher will also be a part of the Washington Football Team's 2020 game day coverage

London Fletcher will also be a part of the Washington Football Team's 2020 game day coverage

DeAngelo Hall won't be the only longtime defender to cover his former squad on game days in 2020.

On Thursday, the Washington Football Team revealed that London Fletcher will serve as an analyst on their postgame shows during the season. This comes after announcing on Monday that Hall will be one-third of the organization's radio booth, along with Bram Weinstein and Julie Donaldson.

Fletcher was a standout for the Burgundy and Gold from 2007 to 2013 and is one of the more beloved players of the past few decades. Most recently, the former linebacker had been working for CBS Sports as an on-air personality.

The move is just the latest in the team's effort to revamp its media efforts.

Hall, Weinstein and Donaldson will replace Larry Michael, Chris Cooley and Doc Walker, while Fletcher represents a new voice as well.

Those decisions have received various levels of approval — many fans seem to be especially upset by the loss of Cooley, who was popular for his hardcore and in-depth comments — but the call to hire Fletcher should be widely accepted. 

The only question remaining is: Do they know how to spell his name yet?

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DeAngelo Hall clarifies regret of not signing with Patriots: 'My heart was always in Washington'

DeAngelo Hall clarifies regret of not signing with Patriots: 'My heart was always in Washington'

Back in July, former Washington cornerback DeAngelo Hall told NFL Network that his biggest career regret was signing with Washington in 2009 rather than the New England Patriots.

"Over a few million, I could've changed my legacy by being part of that dynasty," Hall said. "That was on the table for me, and I wish I would've made the decision to take less money and play for Belichick."

That, of course, quickly riled up Washington supporters on social media. Though it's understandable that Hall, and probably numerous other players, would look back and regret not signing with a team that racked up several Super Bowls, many took it as a direct slight to the Washington franchise. During an interview with Julie Donaldson, Hall, who will join Washington's radio booth for the 2020 season, explained his true feelings on the 2009 situation.

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Saying he had regrets about not signing with the Patriots was not a diss to Washington, because the reason he ultimately stayed in the DMV was due to his love for the team and its fans.

“My heart was always in Washington and it was no hesitation in my mind to sign my contract and continue being a member of the Washington Football team," Hall said.

Hall admitted that the chance to win in New England is something he still thinks about. But, that really shouldn't come as a surprise. Now removed from his NFL career, hindsight is 20/20 and almost any player would look back on a potential opportunity to further their legacy with a ring as a missed shot.

Hall is no different, but it doesn't mean he didn't appreciate his time with the Burgundy and Gold. In nine full seasons in Washington, he gained valuable experiences that helped transform him into who he is today.

"But that didn’t happen and it’s made me a better person because of it," Hall said referring to him not signing with New England. "Washington has taught me so many life-long lessons."

Though he doesn't have a Super Bowl ring, the DMV native and Virginia Tech alum got the opportunity to play for his hometown team and cement his own legacy in Washington. So although he may look back and ponder what could have gone differently, he understands he can't change the past. He's okay -- and happy -- with that.

To him, Washington was always meant to be.

"C’mon man. Was there ever any doubt that I was not staying in Washington? Nobody would have believed you," Hall said. "100 percent, I’m Washington for sure.”

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