Joe Gibbs: Redskins name is prideful, has always been positive for me

By John Breech |

Former Washington coach Joe Gibbs says the Redskins name is prideful. (USATSI)
Former Washington coach Joe Gibbs says the Redskins name is prideful. (USATSI)

If Washington Redskins owner Daniel Snyder is looking for some public relations help, he might just want to ask former coach Joe Gibbs. Although there's a vocal contingent of people who want the name changed, Gibbs doesn't seem to want that.

The former Washington coach said it's a 'prideful' name that evokes 'courage.'

The Hall of Famer -- who coached the Redskins for 16 seasons and has been following the team for over 60 years -- said he never heard anyone complain about the name while he was there.

"I grew up in North Carolina. The only team we could get on TV in the late '40s was the Redskins," Gibbs said, via "I pulled for them my whole life. For the whole time I was there... never once did I hear anybody ever say anything negative about the name 'Redskins.'"

Gibbs was asked about the name at Kentucky Speedway after making an announcement for his Joe Gibbs Racing team before the Quaker State 400 on Saturday. The former Redskins coach said the name has been nothing but positive for him.

"It was always prideful. It was courage involved," Gibbs said of Washington's team name. "We have a song, 'Hail To The Redskins.' And so everything -- everything -- about that name has been positive for me in my past."

Gibbs coached the Redskins from 1981-92 and won three Super Bowls with the team. The 73-year-old later returned for a second stint as Washington's coach in 2004. The second time around, Gibbs went 30-34 in four seasons with the team. Overall, Gibbs compiled a 154-94 record in 16 years with the Redskins.

In 1996, Gibbs was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

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