The team retired their former name back in 2020, after years of complaints that it was racist towards Native Americans. The Washington Football team was used as a placeholder name, though it was considered as a permanent option at one point during the process.
According to ESPN, team president Jason Wright and head coach Ron Rivera had stressed that they wanted to incorporate the military into the new name, seeing as the team is located in the nation’s capitol.
Commander is most often used as a naval officer rank, which is where most of the inspiration came from. The team will keep their gold and burgundy colors, but all the Native American imagery and references are no longer.
So, there we are… two years to think about it and Dan Synder and company landed on the Commanders.
And needless to say… football fans across the country…. HATED it.
WASHINGTON COMMANDER YOU NO GOOD SON OF A BITCH IT TAKE 3 YEARS AND THIS IS THE BULLSHIT GIMMICK YOU COME UP WITH? WASHINGTON COMMANDERS YOU CAN GO FUCK YOURSELF
The one constant in this franchise is disappointment. The worst part is you keep saying this is what the fans wanted. Just own it – it’s what you wanted, not the fans. Fan for life, but damn, Commanders is the best we could do?
We waited two years and we got the same logo drawn a little bit differently, a stolen AAF team name and hashtag, and no original branding whatsoever. Yeah I’m done, can’t do it anymore with this franchise.