Darrell Green, Art Monk Discuss Redskins Name Controversy
Two pro football Hall of Famers and Washington Redskins legends joined in on the Redskins name debate.
Darrell Green and Art Monk, who played a combined 34 seasons with the Redskins, spoke with WTOP radio in Washington D.C. and said that the organization should consider changing the team name.
“[If] Native Americans feel like Redskins or the Chiefs or [another] name is offensive to them, then who are we to say to them ‘No, it’s not’?” Monk said. Green agreed, saying a name change should be “seriously considered.”
Monk and Green’s opinions are vastly different from former Redskins star and Hall of Famer, Joe Theismann, who weighed in on the name controversy back in June.
“I was very proud to play for the Washington Redskins, and I did it to honor native people in that regard. I think sometimes people perceive words in their own particular way,” Theismann said, via D.C. Sports Bog. “What happens, what Mr. Snyder decides to do is totally up to him. I can just tell you that when I put that uniform on, and I put that helmet on with the Redskin logo on it, I felt like I was representing more than the Washington Redskins. I was representing the great Native American nations that exist in this country.”
As for Redskins owner Dan Snyder, he said in May that he will never change the name of the team. And NFL commissioner Roger Goodell joined his side with a letter written to 10 members of congress back in June defending the name.