Earlier today, the Redskins officially announced that they would be retiring the team name and logo with a new name potentially to be announced in the coming weeks.
Joe Theismann, who played for the franchise from 1974-1985 has been private with regards to his feelings on the matter. Theismann guided the Redskins to two Super Bowl appearances with a victory in Super Bowl XVII over the Miami Dolphins .
GASN Sports reached out to Joe for a comment on the name change and the former NFL MVP had the following to say:
“The old say, it is what it is.” Theismann stated. “Basically it had to happen.”
It is understandable that Theismann would offer a short response as it’s very possible that he, like many, are torn on the issue. Erasing the history and tradition of a proud franchise is a difficult thing, however, it’s clear that we should distance ourselves from offensive names and symbols.
Theismann’s career ended on November 18, 1985 when he suffered a comminuted compound fracture of the tibia and fibula in his right leg while being sacked by linebackers Lawrence Taylor and Harry Carson of the New York Giants during a Monday Night Football game telecast by ABC from RFK Stadium in Washington, D.C..
Theismann released his new book “How to be a Champion: Six Timeless Keys to Success” last month and the book has been getting rave reviews from fans and critics alike. CLICK HERE TO PURCHASE THE BOOK
Throughout the book, Theismann recounts stories from his impressive career, providing an inspirational guide for how to succeed on a team, in your career, and in your everyday life.
Theismann draws on the people who have inspired and motivated him over the years, like head coach Ron Rivera, San Francisco 49ers safety Ronnie Lott, and his own mother. These amazing stories all emphasize a simple yet profound message that with hard work, focus, and belief in yourself, you can achieve greatness.