The Washington Redskins are changing their nickname and logo. Here’s a look at the various logos featuring Native American imagery the franchise used for decades.
The Redskins officially moved away from Boston to begin their tenure in Washington, D.C. Before they took on the Redskins name and the Native American profile logo, they were the Boston Braves and played at Fenway Park.
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The original Washington Redskins logo had a yellow circle around the profile. Similar to the current look, but for seven years in the 50s, the ring went missing.
In the early 60s the Washington uniform had a simplistic look, without much flare, except for a feather decal that ran down the center line of the helmet.
For the first time in their Washington tenure, the team ditched the profile logo for a white and gold spear and feather.
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Hall of Fame coach Vince Lombardi was the Redskins’ head coach for one season in 1969. He led the team to its first winning season in 14 years.
Lombardi also advocated for a logo change away from the spear to an R, similar to the G worn by his former team, the Green Bay Packers. His vision became a reality for the 1970 season, just before his death in September of that year.
When new coach George Allen Jr. came over from the Los Angeles Rams in 1971, he looked to make a change. The team consulted with Native Americans to develop an updated profile logo that players wore on their helmets for the first time.
Washington won its first Super Bowl in 1982 behind the arm of Joe Theismann and the mind of Hall of Fame coach Joe Gibbs. The logo, featuring C-patterned double feathers, used on the Super Bowl helmets was modified for 1983. The team again made the Super Bowl in ’83 but lost to the Los Angeles Raiders.
Washington won two more Super Bowls under the Redskins name in ’87 and ’91, but hasn’t won a conference championship since. They haven’t made it to the postseason since 2015.
Native American activists have been asking Washington to change its nickname since the early 70s. Current Redskins owner Dan Snyder told USA Today in 2013 he would “never change the name.” That stance changed earlier this summer, when investors threatened to end their relationships with the team if it did not change its nickname.
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The 2019 season was the last time Washington will use any Native American imagery for its logo, ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported last week. A source told ESPN the team plans to keep its current burgundy and gold color scheme, and that coach Ron Rivera was to include the military in the new name.
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