Athletes react to the Washington NFL team name change on social media


Washington’s NFL franchise announced on Thursday that, effective immediately, it will call itself the “Washington Football Team” pending the adoption of a new name, league sources told ESPN. There was plenty of reaction on social media.

The temporary name change comes after completing a thorough review that began on July 3.

Several players weighed in on the name via Twitter, including Washington quarterback Dwayne Haskins, former NFL receiver Dez Bryant and Washington linebacker Ryan Kerrigan.

Washington had held the same nickname for the past 87 seasons, the most consecutive seasons with one nickname before a change in the history of NFL, NBA, MLB and NHL franchises, according to Elias Sports Bureau.

It’s the latest big news for a franchise that has also made headlines this offseason with stories about its shareholders, its hiring practices, allegations of sexual harassment by former employees and major changes to its front office and coaching staff.

Here is what folks are saying about the temporary name:

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