Washington Football

Washington Football

Washington's football team may not have its new name today, but eventually, it will. And when the team does land on that choice, it'll also have to decide what to do with some key staples that became popular under the previous brand.

The two main things that'll need to either be kept or also moved on from are the franchise's color scheme as well as its band. Proceeding with the pair would be a way to merge the past with the future, while dropping each would give the organization a chance to totally restart.

Charles Mann, though, doesn't view it as a both or neither scenario. The four-time Pro Bowler and team legend is far more attached to one tradition than the other.

"I hope we keep the Burgundy and Gold," Mann told NBC Sports Washington in a recent interview. "Don't change those Burgundy and Gold colors. You've got to keep that."

According to reports, it seems like Mann will get his wish on that front. That's something that'll no doubt please ardent followers of the squad, too.


The longtime defensive end wasn't as worried or fixated on the band's future (or the continuation of the fight song), which was intriguing. Most diehards who want the colors to stay are adamant about that feature and its classic tune remaining as well, yet he didn't seem particularly concerned.


"The fight song... you know, it's the fight song," Mann said. "Maybe they can change the lyrics, you've got all these lyrical masters. As far as the band -- I'm probably going to get it on this one -- but I could see us moving on from the band."

Mann is the second beloved ex-defender to come out in these last few days and demonstrate that he's not completely committed to keeping everything from Washington's past alive. 

On Monday, Darrell Green said this to ESPN: "I've got jerseys and helmets. Hey, I'm ready to throw them away. Give me another helmet. Give me the new helmet, because when I ran down the field in Chicago and I chased down [Tony] Dorsett or whatever the case may be, those things were for the team that was in Washington, so it didn't really matter. It still happened."

There hasn't been much indication on what Dan Snyder is thinking about the band and the song, but if he were to leave them behind -- and again, there hasn't been any reports suggesting he will -- that would be quite an adjustment to the gameday atmosphere.

Mann, however, clearly wouldn't feel too, too bad about that switch-up. Instead, he's much more enticed by the idea of another change to the team's home contests.

"I'm not really hardpressed on anything," he said. "I just want to see us win. I just want to see us win. At the end of the day, winning fixes everything. So just win."