Jay Schroeder played for the Redskins from 1985-87.

Former Redskins QB Scrambles Brains with Defense of Team Name


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The Pioneer Press asked former Washington Redskins quarterbacks Billy Kilmer, Brad Johnson, Joe Theismann and Jay Schroeder to share their thoughts on the team’s name.

Theismann, Kilmer and Johnson said the team should keep their name, but Schroder, who played for the team from 1985-87, and took them to the Superbowl in 1987, gave a, uh, more, complex answer.

"I think it's been blown way out of proportion,'' Schroeder told The Pioneer Press of the controversy. "I think that the Washington Redskins have represented the Redskins name very well through the years and bringing glory to it. If you look around the country, if you want to change the Redskins, you've got to change a lot of names. I'm wondering why everybody is going after the Redskins and not everybody else.''

"Let's take the context of the word Panthers,'' Schroeder said. "It's an animal, but let's recall what happened in the 1960s with the militant groups [the Black Panthers]. If you're going to take that context, you can take every word and look at it and decide what your own meaning is going to be.''

Okay then.

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Michael Madrid
Submitted by Michael Madrid on
Word salad seems to be pretty prevalent among those defending the name. We've even seen it here several times. Word salad is what happens when your brain tries to rationalize what your heart knows is wrong.