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Santana Moss at a 'loss for words' after hearing 'Redskins' would be retired

Santana Moss at a 'loss for words' after hearing 'Redskins' would be retired

Just like the rest of us, Santana Moss opened his phone to a notification about a statement the Washington football team made in regards to its controversial team name. He read the statement, learned that "Redskins" will no longer be the team's name or logo, and reacted accordingly. 

As he explained to Sky Sports Monday, he didn't really know how to feel. 

"Honestly I was kind of at a loss for words because I remember when I was first aware about that name being a derogatory name to the Native American community, so I had to educate myself a little more on why," Moss said. "I really didn't have a feeling to know what to expect in the future with the name.

"Now after those years, and that was as early as 2005 when I first became a Redskin and now being removed from those playing years and being in the media world and still being able to walk in that stadium and see that logo and hear the name but still hear those whispers like, 'It needs to no longer exist,'" he said. "To see that day has finally come, I don't know what I can say I feel right now."

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Moss played 14 seasons in the NFL, 10 of which were with Washington, where he was selected to a Pro Bowl in 2005 and caught 581 passes for 7,867 yards and 47 touchdowns. His career will by no means be erased from the franchise's record books and his connection with the fans likely won't be impacted at all. 

He'll simply have a different descriptor attached to his time with the franchise than, say Chase Young will. 

"I can say it's mixed feelings, Moss said. "One, it's sad because when you've been a part of something, to see that the history you leave behind, you know you can no longer use that name, and I'm pretty sure the players and the people who made the history there will always remember it as what they know it as. But to see everyone else not represent that organization as that name, it will be sad.

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"But I can also that as an African American to see that Native Americans can get what was due to them and finally see some change, it only leads you to believe that we're headed in the right direction as a country," he said. 

The franchise has yet to pick a new name or give a timetable for when that announcement is coming. Challenges remain, and will seemingly increase in volume if their goal is to get everything changed before the 2020 season begins. 

Everything revolving around the team's next name is up in the air, but the memories and the bond the team has with its players, coaches and fans, regardless of what it was called, is solidified.

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Current Jets and former Washington WR Josh Doctson opts out of 2020 NFL season

Current Jets and former Washington WR Josh Doctson opts out of 2020 NFL season

Current New York Jets and former Washington Football Team wide receiver Josh Doctson has opted out of the 2020 NFL season amid concerns about the coronavirus pandemic, the team announced on Thursday.

Doctson was one of 67 players around the league including Washington's Caleb Brantley and Josh Harvey-Clemons, as many have decided to sit out the season in order to lower their risk of contracting the virus. 

Doctson was placed in the " unspecified'" grouping for the opt out, while "voluntary'" and "higher risk" were the other two options. Players had until Thursday at 4 p.m. to make the decision.

The pass catcher was Washington's first round selection in the 2016 NFL Draft, but he never quite lived up to expectations. Injuries, drops and an inability to ever get comfortable in the offense led to Doctson only compelling 1,110 receiving yards and eight touchdowns in three seasons in Washington.

Just before the start of the 2019 regular season, Doctson was released by Washington and later signed with the Minnesota Vikings. He appeared in just one game and had no receptions. He signed with the Jets in February.

Now, the wide receiver will wait until 2021 to see if he can change the fortune of his NFL career. 

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Adrian Peterson willing to play 'three to four more' seasons to break Emmitt Smith's rushing record

Adrian Peterson willing to play 'three to four more' seasons to break Emmitt Smith's rushing record

As Washington running back Adrian Peterson enters his 14th NFL season, he sits just 4,139 yards away from Emmitt Smith's all-time rushing yards mark of 18,355.

For Peterson, who has put together one of the best careers at the position ever and currently ranks fifth on the list, surpassing Smith has been something he's chased since he first stepped foot in the league in 2007.

‘Obviously that’s one of my goals that I set for myself when I entered into the NFL was to be able to pass the GOAT," Peterson said on NFL Network's Good Morning Football.

Now just over 4,000 yards away, the goal is in Peterson's sights. But the 35-year old veteran is not only trying to catch Smith, but outlast "Father Time" as well. Though the 2012 MVP has shown no signs of slowing down over the past two seasons in Washington, the yardage total he needs equals about four more grueling seasons of football that would push him near the age of 40.

As challenging as that may be, Peterson expects to get there. He's already explained that he wants to play four more seasons, and though his body will call the shots, he's feeling healthy and fresh entering the 2020 campaign. 

“My body is feeling good. I look forward to playing a couple more years, three to four more years, who knows," Peterson said. "Depends on how my body is feeling, because it talks to me.”

He also didn't realize that he was only 4,139 yards from the record. To him, that makes the task even more plausible.

“I didn’t know it was that close. 4,000, that sounds a lot better than 6,000 or 5,000," Peterson said. "We’ll see what happens, I’ll put my best foot forward to reach it I promise you that.”

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While passing Smith is surely something Peterson will take note of as he continues to suit up each Sunday, his desire to continue playing the sport doesn't come from personal achievements.

Throughout his illustrious career, he's consistently collected personal accolades that demonstrate just how successful he's been. But, one thing that has eluded Peterson is team achievements. In 13 seasons, he's still yet to reach a Super Bowl. As he continues to show age is just a number, it's the ring that he really wants. Smith's rushing record would just be the icing on the cake.

“That’s not really my ultimate goal, it’s one of my top goals," Peterson said. "Win a championship is the one that I’m chasing the most.”

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