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Vernon Davis admits he'll miss 'Redskins' but agrees it's time to make a change

Vernon Davis admits he'll miss 'Redskins' but agrees it's time to make a change

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."

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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. 

RELATED: HOW A TEMPORARY NAME CHANGE COULD HELP WASHINGTON IN 2020

"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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Thomas Davis is excited for Reuben Foster's return: 'He was born to play the linebacker spot'

Thomas Davis is excited for Reuben Foster's return: 'He was born to play the linebacker spot'

Washington linebackers Thomas Davis and Reuben Foster are at two very different points in their respective NFL careers.

The former is entering his 15th NFL season and is on the tail-end of an incredible career, while the latter is still trying to find his place in the NFL. The two are separated by 11 years in age.

Yet, both linebackers are expected to have significant roles in Washington's defense come this fall, a team they have yet to play a snap for. In a Zoom conference call with local media on Friday, Davis shared his excitement for what Foster has the chance to bring to Washington's defense.

"Reuben is a physical specimen," Davis said. "I was telling somebody the other day you have people who are born to play a position. When you look at Reuben, he’s one of those guys. I feel like he was born to play the linebacker spot."

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It's been a long and windy road -- both on and off the field -- for Foster since Washington claimed him off of waivers in November of 2018.

Foster was released two years ago by San Francisco after two separate domestic violence accusations. Washington claimed the linebacker, yet he would not play for the team at all that season after immediately landing on the Commissioner's Exempt List.

Later that year, Foster's former girlfriend recanted her testimony on the first incident, and charges were dropped on the second. The linebacker got clearance from the NFL to play shortly after.

Foster returned to the field for OTAs in 2019, but his first practice with his new team ended rather quickly. On just the third snap of the session, Foster suffered a gruesome, non-contact knee injury, tearing multiple ligaments. His recovery took longer than usual, as he lost feeling in his toes in January -- months after the surgery. 

Earlier this week, Foster was removed from the active/PUP list and placed on the team's active roster, 21 months after he was originally claimed by Washington and 15 months after his devastating injury. Foster spoke with reporters shortly after Davis did on Friday, and opened up about his life from the past year and a half.

RELATED: WHAT ARE REALISTIC EXPECTATIONS FOR REUBEN FOSTER IN 2020?

If there's someone who can relate to Foster's rehab process, it's Davis. Over a 23-month span from 2009-2011, Davis suffered three (!!) separate ACL tears.

Yet, Davis bounced back from those injuries in tremendous fashion. Since returning from the final ACL tear in 2012, Davis has been extremely durable. Over that span, he's earned three Pro Bowl nods and was named to the NFL's All-Pro squad in 2015. Even at age 36, Davis racked up 112 tackles for the Chargers last season.

"Just seeing [Foster] make progress each and every day has truly been special," Davis said. "As a guy who has his own rehab story, to see Reuben being able to do the things he’s doing day in and day out, I’m extremely impressed and I’m excited for him."

With so many twists and turns in his young NFL career, Foster has finally reached the point where he can make football his top priority.

And now in Washington, he has someone he can look up to as a mentor in Davis.

“I try to talk to Reuben as much as I possibly can," Davis said. "Reuben, he’s excited, man. He’s energetic, he’s up-tempo. He’s always just ready to get back on the field as much as he possibly can when he was that opportunity. He’s just out there working hard and we’re just trying to constantly encourage him to continue to fight, continue to work and just let the chips fall where they may at the end of the day."

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SEE IT: This Washington Redwolves concept keeps team's identity intact

SEE IT: This Washington Redwolves concept keeps team's identity intact

Another day, another Washington Redwolves concept. 

Except this time, we may have found a winner. 

On Friday afternoon, an unaffiliated team account, @WashRedwolves posted a concept by Raymond Santiago that combines the classic Burgandy & Gold color scheme with the highly requested Redwolves logo.

Take a look:

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As you can see nothing really changed from the team's current uniform, just the Redwolves logo rather than the numbers they're currently rocking.

And that's absolutely fine. 

Because the team seems to be committed to keeping the identity intact as much as possible post-name change, less would serve as more. 

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