Theismann, left, with Snyder

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Theismann, left, with Snyder

Former Washington QB Joe Theismann Says Redskins Name Honors Natives

Former Washington Redskins Quarterback Joe Theismann, who earned an NFL MVP trophy and led the Skins to the 1983 Super Bowl title, has now shared his view on the polarizing nickname of Dan Snyder's franchise.

The NFL Network analyst who was in South Dakota last week to lead a football camp spoke with the Argus Leader about all things football in an interview, during which he stated that by wearing the D.C. NFL team's uniform he was representing and honoring American Indians.

Remember this cover, Joe?

Remember this cover, Joe?

"I was very proud to play for the Washington Redskins, and I did it to honor Native people in that regard. I think sometimes people perceive words in their own particular way.

"What happens, what Mr. Snyder decides to do is totally up to him. I can just tell you that when I put that uniform on, and I put that helmet on with the Redskin logo on it, I felt like I was representing more than the Washington Redskins, I was representing the great Native American nations that exist in this country."

Theismann also shared an anecdote.

"I can tell you that when I was at the children's hospital this morning, there was a young Native American boy there with his parents. His grandmother wanted a picture with me, and his father took the picture. And as I shook his hand the father said to me 'You're a Redskin,' and he said it in a very complimentary way, which was very humbling to me."

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