If Fred Smoot, Jonathan Allen, Will Compton and a ton of fans get their way, the Redskins will end up becoming the Red Wolves.
And, as it turns out, they wouldn't be the first group to follow that path in an effort to distance themselves from controversy.
Conrad Schools of Science, a Wilmington, DE high school, was home to the Redskins for 80-plus years — a time frame that matches up exactly with Washington's football team.
But in 2016, a vote was held to drop the name, and by 2017, students had chosen Red Wolves to be their new mascot and logo.
During the battle to decide whether or not Conrad really needed to move on from the word, one school board member told those in favor of keeping it that, "I don't believe that you intended, in any way, to offend anybody," but added "obviously, there are people who are offended."
That is the same rationale that Burgundy and Gold devotees who don't want to see their franchise become known as something else have been using. In an NBC Sports Washington story focused on people who have tattoos of the team's name and logo, one fan explained how he views it as "a symbol of pride" and not anything that's harmful or divisive.
These days, however, that isn't a strong enough argument.
This article further details some of the difficulties Conrad had when making their transition to their next chapter. Now, those difficulties, obviously, will multiply by an enormous amount for an NFL organization, whether they join the Red Wolves pack or not.
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