Over the next few days, and in the spirit of a Presidential election year, NBC Sports Washington is polling ex-Redskins players and NFLers who grew up in the DMV for their thoughts on the burgundy-and-gold's pending name change - and what name THEY would like to see.
If anyone knows the bond the Washington Redskins have with their community, it's Vernon Davis.
He was born in Washington D.C., grew up a Redskins fan and played high school football in the area, became an All-American at Maryland and then spent the last three seasons of his pro career with the Redskins.
So when someone like him agrees it's time for a change, you can probably put a little more weight into his words than say, some random, anonymous Twitter user.
"I think it's great because at the end of the day, this game that we play is for the fans," Davis told NBC Sports Washington. "We're the ones playing the game but we can't do it without the fans and if they want to see the name change then we have to work with them and make a change."
Still, Davis admitted it won't be easy to see the name go since that's all he's know for his favorite football team. However, he echoed what many, including our own Pete Hailey and Brian Mitchell, have said about what a new name won't take away. The memories, the bond with the community and the franchise in general because they aren't going anywhere.
"I'm going to miss the name," he said. "Everyone who's always been behind the Washington Redskins is gonna miss the name because it's part of the culture that was created with the Washington Redskins. But at the end of the day, that doesn't change the Redskins organization or what they stand for, it just changes the name. As long as you have the foundation and the core of what it is, then that's all that matters."
To Davis, the Redskins have always been more than a name to him, so it makes sense that when pressed for his favorite new name suggestion, he didn't give one.
"Regardless of what they choose, with all of these suggestions, I think I'll adapt and I'll accept it because I've always been a Washington Redskins fan and I grew up rooting for them, so whatever they come up with I'll gladly appreciate and adapt to it," he said.
Red Tails, Red Wolves, Washington Football Club, Warriors, Red Hogs, you name it, there's a good chance Davis is going to be OK with it. He did seem to have one condition though after he was asked what his feelings would be if the franchise moved away from Burgundy and Gold and adopted a new color scheme.
"That's gonna hurt, that'll hurt for sure," he said. "But as long you understand where that team is playing and what city they're playing in, it makes it that much easier to adapt to all the change."
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