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Who is Frederick Smith? Get to know the Redskins' minority owner and FedEx CEO

Who is Frederick Smith? Get to know the Redskins' minority owner and FedEx CEO

When one hears the word "owner" in relation to the Redskins, Dan Snyder's name is the first to come up.

Now, while Snyder has been the Burgundy and Gold's majority owner since 1999, and one real constant in the franchise's past few decades, there are other minority owners involved in the organization. That may not be something many knew, though — until Thursday.

That's when FedEx formally asked the Redskins to change their name on a day that also included Nike removing all of the team's apparel from its website. The CEO of FedEx, Fred Smith, just so happens to be a minority owner of the franchise, too.

So, who exactly is Smith? That's a question many supporters of the organization and followers of the sport now have. Let's try to answer it.

(via Redskins.com)

Smith bought a stake in the Redskins back in 2003 along with two other business executives. Those three reportedly purchased 20-percent of the team.

Before that move, Smith had been actively trying to acquire rights for an expansion franchise and even owned the Memphis Mad Dogs of the Canadian Football League. His son, Arthur, is the offensive coordinator for the Titans.

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The now 75-year-old has held his position as minority owner for nearly 17 years. 

Smith's biography on the Redskins website can be found here. It focuses solely on his work with FedEx. He founded the company in 1971.

Smith is also the chairman of Alcon Entertainment, which produces films.

In just one day, Smith made more Redskins-related waves than he did in his previous 17 years with Washington. The wait begins to see just how large those waves eventually become. 

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Burning Questions: Which Washington Football Team player should we be talking more about?

Burning Questions: Which Washington Football Team player should we be talking more about?

As training camp continues to build, JP Finlay and Pete Hailey will answer burning questions related to the Washington Football Team.

Up next: Which player should we be talking more about as the season nears?

JP's pick: Landon Collins

This might seem odd, but one of Washington’s most expensive players is flying under the radar during the transition to the Ron Rivera era. 

That would be Landon Collins. 

An All Pro in 2016 with the Giants, Washington signed him to a long-term deal last year that included $45 million guaranteed. He was good last season, but not great, and he’s being paid to be great. 

When Rivera or Jack Del Rio get questions about their defense this fall, most center around a stocked defensive front or questions about cornerback depth. 

To break through and be a dominant defensive unit, Washington needs more out of Collins, too.

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Pete's pick: Montez Sweat

Thanks to being drafted alongside a prolific college quarterback, Montez Sweat was overlooked heading into his debut season. Now, because of Chase Young's presence, he's similarly sneaking into Year 2.

That doesn't lessen his importance to the defense, however.

For Washington's unit to be as ferocious as many hope it will be, all three of their pass rushers — Young, Ryan Kerrigan and Sweat — need to do damage.

Despite not having taken an NFL snap yet, it's almost expected that Young will feast right away. Kerrigan, meanwhile, is aging and coming off of his first experience with injuries as a pro, but his track record speaks for itself. Sweat is the one who feels like the X-factor in that trio.

He's very quiet, he's amongst the organization's deepest position and he's got a ways to go before justifying his 2019 draft position. But Sweat came on in the second half of the schedule as a rookie and if he keeps that up, he'll start drawing more attention  — both from fans and opponents.

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'Washington Rexes' name suggestion creates a stir on Twitter

'Washington Rexes' name suggestion creates a stir on Twitter

As the Washington Football Team searches for a permanent new moniker, it's no surprise that some rather unique names have been suggested. Take the Washington UFOs or Washington Wanderers as examples.

The newest member of that group is the Washington Rexes, a name highlighted by the team as part of the fan recommendations initiative it's taking. The name was recommended by a fan named Carl, and the reasoning behind it certainly unique.

"Washington Rexes. I know this seems strange, but hear me out. Washington is home to the Smithsonian Museum of Natural History, which houses an impressive collection of dinosaur skeletons, including a Tyrannosaurus Rex, one of the largest and most terrifying predators in history," Carl wrote. "Rexes would be an impressive nickname, implying strength, power, and ferocity. The mascot would be amazing. Plus, who doesn't love dinosaurs?" 

As wild as it may seem, Carl does kind of bring up some good points. The dinosaur is a very strong and scary animal, so it checks the intimidation box. The Smithsonian gives it the local connection and naming the stadium "Jurrasic Park" or something of that nature actually works. Wait, is Washington Rexes genuinely a good idea?

Well, for the most part, Twitter did not think so.

If dinosaurs weren't their thing, some suggested picturing it as an homage to former Washington quarterback Rex Grossman. 

Washington Rexes probably won't be the eventual name of the team. But, Carl deserves an A+ for creativity. 

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