The Washington football team in the nation’s capital is ditching the Redskins’  team name this year due to pressure about its racist undertones. Now, the team is in search of a new nickname, one that will appease a very dedicated fanbase, the team’s officials, and the National Football League (NFL). 

The team has sought fan input for the new nickname. It created a website,, where fans have been given the opportunity to submit their ideas.

Team President Randy Wright said in an interview with NBC Sports Washington that the team is seeking input from fans because the fanbase should have a voice in selecting the new team name.  

Wright said that the fanbase has been very vocal in its support of one of those suggestions: the Washington Red Wolves. The concept of the uniform for the Red Wolves would actually incorporate an older design in which the helmet had a white circle with the large letter “R” inside. The team colors of burgundy, gold, and white would remain the same. 

Concept for the Washington football team to change to the Red Wolves.

Another name that received a lot of initial support from the fanbase in July was the Washington Red-Tails to honor the Tuskegee Airmen of World War II fame. When the first all-Black squadrons took to the air against the Germans in North Africa and Italy, they painted the tails of their aircraft all red as a distinctive marking for their unit.

However, there is another proposal on deck to change the name of the football team to the Washington SEALs. Not the animal, but the Navy’s special operations forces. This concept was proposed by Derek Peabody a fan of both the football team and the Navy’s unit.

“The Washington D.C. [SEALs]. Washington D.C. is our Nation’s capital; the center of our government, our military, and our country. The Washington Football Team should honor and reflect the best of Washington D.C. Navy [SEALs] are our military’s most elite unit. They are tough, unyielding, and professional; the best of the best. All qualities that NFL teams try to mimic,” Peabody said. 

“The Primary logo is inspired by the Navy Seal Special Warfare insignias anchor and trident. The president has a seal, every military branch has a seal, every government office and department [has] a seal.”