Redskins' Ron Rivera hoping for team's name change soon: 'It would be awesome'

The name has been around since 1933

Washington Redskins coach Ron Rivera would like to see the franchise change its team name sooner rather than later, and as quickly as before the 2020 season kicks off.

Rivera told The Washington Post in an interview Saturday the change could come by September.

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“If we get it done in time for the season, it would be awesome,” he told the newspaper.

Rivera, who took over as head coach earlier in the year, told The Washington Post that talks with team owner Daniel Snyder have occurred for more than a month. He said Snyder spoke to NFL officials more than two weeks ago about the possibility of changing the name.

As for what the new name could be, Rivera said there were two names he really likes. He didn’t mention what those names were but mentioned it was important for them to be respectful of Native American culture and traditions.

“It was hard to fathom that it was in any way a racist thing, to be honest with you,” he told The Post. “Now, putting it in perspective, there’s been a change.”

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The team announced Friday that it would conduct a “thorough review” of the Redskins nickname, which has been the team’s moniker since 1933.

Rivera said in a statement Friday, “This issue is of personal importance to me and I look forward to working closely with Dan Snyder to make sure we continue the mission of honoring and supporting Native Americans and our Military.”

The franchise came under scrutiny this week as it was revealed the team is reportedly barred from seeking a move from FedEx Field in Maryland to RFK Stadium in Washington unless the team changes its name.

A day later, FedEx formally requested the Redskins to change their name. FedEx is a corporate sponsor of the Redskins and the NFL. Nike would later remove Redskins gear from its online store and Pepsi would follow suit and ask the team to change its name as well.

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Snyder has previously been adamant about not changing the team’s name.