Former Redskins coach Gibbs considers name ‘prideful’

NASCAR team owner and former Redskins coach Joe Gibbs has no problems with the NFL team's controversial name.

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Count former Washington Redskins coach Joe Gibbs among those who has no problem with the team’s name.

The NFL team that Gibbs led to three Super Bowl titles in the first of two stints as coach has been heavily criticized for its nickname that’s viewed as derogatory toward Native Americans. A group of U.S. senators and President Barack Obama have suggested it should be changed, which team owner Daniel Snyder vehemently refuses.

Asked about the controversy before the NASCAR race Saturday at Kentucky Speedway, the Hall of Fame coach and racing team owner called the Redskins name ”prideful” and said, ”everything about that name has been positive for me.” Gibbs said he heard nothing negative during his time there and cited its fight song, ”Hail to the Redskins.”