Glenn Arthur Pierces Blog: Naming Rites: A Team Name and Mascot Blog - Washington’s “Redskins” Nickname: A Timeline - April 25, 2016 05:05Glenn Arthur Pierce is the author Naming Rites: A Biographical History of North American Team Names. This companion blog continues to track trends and controversies pertaining to team names past and present.
The History of the Word "Redskins"
The Washington Redskins have played over 1, games. In those games, the club has won . Fenway Park was the home of the Boston Redskins and Boston Red Sox from Initially, the new team took the same name as their landlords, the Boston After the end of Gibbs' first tenure, the Redskins hired former Redskins.
The team changed its name to the Redskins in , and in , the team relocated to Washington, D. It was Washington's first NFL championship in 40 years. Riggins earned MVP honors with rushing yards, while the defense limited Miami to just yards of total offense. It was also the first Super Bowl win for Joe Gibbs, then in only his second season as a head coach. Five possessions, 18 plays, 35 points and yards--it was an offensive clinic and it all came in one magnificent quarter.
And both have leaned on the story that Marshall chose the name to honor Dietz to make that case. The name was never a label. It was, and continues to be, a badge of honor. The NFL, too, has rested its case on that history. Goodell did so in a letter to 10 members of Congress who wrote him to challenge the name last June.
The Washington Redskins have played over 1, games. In those games, the club has won five professional American football championships including two NFL Championships and three Super Bowls. They have made 24 postseason appearances, and have an overall postseason record of 23 wins and 19 losses. The Redskins have also experienced failure in their history. The most notable period of failure was from to , during which the Redskins did not have a single postseason appearance. Additionally, none of the members of the Newark Tornadoes roster,  and only two of the Indians Algy Clark and Dale Waters ,  remained on the Boston Braves roster. Initially, the new team took the same name as their landlords, the Boston Braves , one of the two local Major League Baseball teams.
National Football League —present. The Washington Redskins are a professional American football team based in the Washington metropolitan area. The team began play in Boston as the Braves in , and became the "Redskins" the following year. In , the team relocated to Washington, D. With 24 postseason appearances, the Redskins have an overall postseason record of 23—