Art Monk, Darrell Green Think Redskins Should 'Seriously Consider' Name Change

Dilan Ames@@DilanAmesNFLCorrespondent IJuly 23, 2013

Ol' No. 28 shared his thoughts on the name change with WTOP alongside Art Monk.
Ol' No. 28 shared his thoughts on the name change with WTOP alongside Art Monk.Doug Pensinger/Getty Images

Amidst the Washington Redskins' nickname controversy this offseason, the players that won Super Bowls with the team have been quiet, while the current players on Washington’s roster have been virtually silent.

The only notable former player to speak out on the subject has been Joe Theismann, who believes the name should not be changed.

However, on Tuesday Hall of Fame Redskins Darrell Green and Art Monk told WTOP radio in Washington that the franchise needs to "seriously consider" a name change.

Monk, the former Redskins receiver, said (via, "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'?"

Green, one of the best cornerbacks to ever play the game, is in agreement with his former teammate. "It deserves and warrants conversation because somebody is saying, 'Hey, this offends me,'" Green said, adding, "Unfortunately in this country, conversations mean legal, dollars, suits."

Their words are important and should be heeded, especially given the fact that these are two men who helped make this franchise the storied and decorated team that it is.

They aren't saying that they personally believe the name should or should not be changed, but at the very least they are open to a new name for the sake of another person’s peace of mind, which is admirable.

In May, several members of Congress sent a letter to Dan Snyder, the current owner of the Redskins, pushing him to change the name. Snyder essentially responded, "Uh-uh, honey."

Snyder told USA Today that he will never change the name of the team and why:

[...] I think that the Redskins fans understand the great tradition and what it's all about and what it means, so we feel pretty fortunate to be just working on next season. ... We'll never change the name. It's that simple. NEVER—you can use caps.

Whether this is Snyder being Snyder or not doesn’t matter because ultimately it’s his call. It’s not like he’s standing alone, though.

NFL commissioner Roger Goodell weighed in on the controversy surrounding the team’s nickname in June (via

For the team's millions of fans and customers, who represent one of America's most ethnically and geographically diverse fan bases, the name is a unifying force that stands for strength, courage, pride and respect.

While it would be prudent to at the very least consider a name change that will make everyone happy, it’s not likely. Snyder has spoken, and with the commissioner backing him, it’s not likely he’ll budge at all.