Open letter to Roger Goodell

Updated: September 18, 2013

Dear Mr. Goodell,

I’m writing to you because I have a grave concern regarding the current name of The Washington Football Club. Apparently you have the same concerns after thinking about the issue.

After many years of following the Washington Football Club it is time for a change. A change in the name would be an honor to the Native American Indian population.

My name is Gary Norris Gray from the great Garden State of New Jersey, now residing in Northern California. I’m African American / Native American Indian/First Nation AND a Washington Football Club fan, especially with the acquisition of Robert Griffin III at the quarterback position.

It is very difficult to mention this team’s name without contention and frustration. I have an internet radio show and the R-Word is never mentioned by the host or the show’s guest.

In 1973-1979 colleges, universities, and high schools all over the country changed their Native American names after the national Native American protest, which finished on Alcatraz in 1975.

In 2011 The Atlanta Braves Baseball Club removed all Native American/First Nation logo’s and their mascot. Only the name of the team remains on their jersey. This is the second professional sports team to do just that. The Golden State Warriors became the first team to abandon the Philadelphia Warrior origin in 1975

The Braves organization changed without fanfare or publicity. I commend the Atlanta Braves Baseball Club for being sensitive to our Native American Indian/First Nation community. The Washington Football Club should follow suit.

I have stated many times before in my eight years of writing articles for the Black Athletes Sports Network, it’s not about the colors, it’s not about the logo, actually the logo is very honorable and majestic. It is about respect and it should remain with the Washington Football Club.

There are many other names that could be used, like the Warriors, the Chiefs, even the original name the Braves.  Imagine the amount of revenue from the sports athletic gear that would sell because of the new name. The Team could also change the fight song to, “Hail to the Warriors”.

With a little effort this could be accomplished without going through any more legal battles and public humility.

Sir, you have the power to convince The Washington Football Club’s current owner Mr. Daniel Snyder that it would be in the best interest of the National Football League to change the existing name.

I am looking forward to the change and am confident that you will play an integral part in the change.

Thank you for your time


Gary Norris Gray

Writer, Author, Historian. Gibbs Magazine-Oakland, California and New England Informer- Boston Mass. THE GRAYLINE:- The Analects of A Black Disabled Man, The Gray Leopard Cove on Disabled Community Activist.

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