With the Washington franchise embarking on a new era of football after announcing it will retire the former name of the team, fans are reacting in different ways. Some are ready for the future, while others are not ready to let go of the past.
One man, Michael B. Fannon, has created an obituary to mark the retirement of the name, signifying that it is the "death" of what the franchise once was.
"Washington Redskins (1933-2020) died after a long illness on July 13, 2020. Born in Boston to George Preston Marshall in 1933 after the death of his older son Boston Braves, Washington Redskins won 5 national championships including three Super Bowls under the NFL," the obituary says. "Beloved by all in DC even after the Redskins fell ill in 1993 following the retirement of coach Joe Gibbs. Redskins lived in Washington, DC and nearby Maryland since 1937."
"Washington Redskins are predeceased by many including parent George Preston Marshall also William Henry Dietz, Jack Kent Cooke, Sammy Baugh, George Allen, Jack Pardee, Joe Bugel, and Edward Bennett Williams. Survivors include 78 players, 26 coaches, management, and thousands of former players and other team members," the obituary says.
Sticking with the theme, the obituary states that a funeral service for the former name will be held on July 25 at McLean Community Church in McLean, Va. Additionally, a burial service will take place at RFK Stadium, the former home of the team.
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