Theismann: Redskins uniform ‘honors’ tribes

Former Washington Redskins quarterback Joe Theismann says that

when he wore the uniform as a player he did it to honor American


But Theismann said Friday at the Isleta Resort & Casino at

the Isleta Pueblo that he understands why some Native Americans

want the name changed.

Theismann made his comments before his keynote address at a

luncheon for Colorado State and Washington State. The teams are

scheduled to face off Saturday in the New Mexico Bowl in


Redskins owner Dan Snyder has called the team name and mascot a

”badge of honor” and has rebuffed suggestions to change a name

that some find offensive.

The name dates to the team’s first years in Boston in the 1930s

and has survived numerous outside efforts to change it.