The Washington Football Team will have a new identity come February.
Team president Jason Wright announced Tuesday that Washington will unveil its new name on Feb. 2, more than a year after retiring their previous one over mounting pressure that the team name – established in the 1930s – was racist toward Native Americans.
“We are confident that this identity is one that our team and our fans across D.C., Maryland, Virginia and beyond can rally behind for another 90 years and more as we continue to cheer on the Burgundy & Gold in this next chapter,” Wright said in a statement posted to the team’s website.
Washington announced in August that the team had narrowed their search down to a few potential names, including the Washington Presidents, Brigade, Redhogs, Football Team, Commanders, Armada, Defenders and Redwolves. But Wright said Tuesday that the final option, or a variation of it, was ruled out because of trademark troubles.