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Mike Ditka: Debate over Redskins name 'so stupid it's appalling'

By Will Brinson | NFL Writer

Mike Ditka with former Redskins coach Joe Gibbs.
Mike Ditka with former Redskins coach Joe Gibbs. (USATSI)

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Former Bears coach and current ESPN analyst Mike Ditka isn't one to pull punches often. He certainly didn't when asked about his opinion of the Redskins name controversy.

Ditka, as transcribed by Seth Allen of the Washington Post, told RedskinHistorian.com during an interview he thinks any debate about the name is "so stupid it's appalling."

“What's all the stink over the Redskin name?” Ditka said. “It's so much [expletive] it's incredible. We're going to let the liberals of the world run this world. It was said out of reverence, out of pride to the American Indian. Even though it was called a Redskin, what are you going to call them, a Brownskin?

"This is so stupid it's appalling, and I hope that owner keeps fighting for it and never changes it, because the Redskins are part of an American football history, and it should never be anything but the Washington Redskins. That's the way it is."

Ditka is a notorious conservative; he recently said he regrets not running for Senate because it would've prevented the President from being in office.

It's not surprising he doesn't want the name changed or that he doesn't want the name changed because it's been that way "since the beginning of football."

“Its been the name of the team since the beginning of football," Ditka said. "It has nothing to do with something that happened lately, or something that somebody dreamed up. This was the name, period. Leave it alone. These people are silly -- asinine, actually, in my opinion."

Ditka then took his boldest stance of all, saying he "I admire" Skins owner Dan Snyder.

“I admire him for it,” Ditka said. “Really, I think it's tradition, it's history, it's part of the National Football League. It was about Sammy Baugh and all the guys who were Redskins way back then. I didn't think that Lombardi and Halas never had a problem with it, why would all these other idiots have a problem with the name? I'm sorry.

"I'm not very tolerant when it comes to the liberals who complain about everything.”


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