Washington Redskins quarterback Dwayne Haskins is giving ideas for the team's new name. Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports

Dwayne Haskins endorses popular choice for potential Redskins name change

The Washington Redskins may finally be changing their name after years of criticism that their name is offensive.

The Washington team owned by Dan Snyder announced Friday it plans to do a thorough review of the term "Redskins," and now many are taking their guesses as to what the team will rename themselves to.

Even quarterback Dwayne Haskins is endorsing one specific name above all the rest if Washington has to make the switch, and it seems to be the most popular one among football fans, too. 

While "Redtails" seems to be a fan-favorite, it isn't included on the list of odds released by BetOnline.ag to be Washington's new team name... but some other interesting choices were on there like the "Jeffersons" and "Roosevelts."

Washington changed its name from the Braves to the Redskins in 1933 and has been the subject of protests by Native-American groups and others for the past 40 years. Redskins owner Dan Snyder previously continued to refuse a name change despite a few different court battles.

A 2019 poll of Native Americans showed that a majority found the team name offensive, according to USA Today, but Snyder originally claimed he'd "never" change the name.

Before announcing they'll be doing a thorough review of their team name, Washington recently removed a statue dedicated to their former owner, George Preston Marshall, at RFK Stadium last month and cited his racist policies of not signing black players for decades as reasoning for removal of the monument.

The team played at RFK Stadium from 1961 to 1996.

Other professional sports organizations also have controversial names, including MLB's Cleveland Indians and the NHL's Chicago Blackhawks, both of whom have no plans to change their name despite their offensive nature.

Erin Walsh is a Boston sports fan through and through. She graduated Summa Cum Laude from Bridgewater State University and currently is in pursuit of her Master's Degree in Journalism from Northeastern University. Follow her on Twitter @ewalsh90.

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