Snyder letter: ‘We cannot ignore our history’

October 9, 2013
OAKLAND - SEPTEMBER 29: Washington Redskins owner Daniel Snyder signs autographs for fans before the game between the Washington Redskins and the Oakland Raiders at O.co Coliseum in Oakland, Ca., on Sunday, September 29, 2013. (Photo by Toni L. Sandys/The Washington Post)
Owner Daniel Snyder signs autographs in Oakland. (Photo by Toni L. Sandys/The Washington Post)

In a letter to season ticket holders excerpted over at Post Local, Washington Redskins owner Daniel Snyder reached back into his personal history to share why the franchise name means something positive to him:

 “I remember how quiet it was when the Redskins had the ball, and then how deafening it was when we scored,” he wrote. “The ground beneath me seemed to move and shake, and I reached up to grab my father’s hand. The smile on his face as he sang the song . . . he’s been gone for 10 years now, but that smile, and his pride, are still with me every day.

“That tradition — the song, the cheer — it mattered so much to me as a child, and I know it matters to every other Redskins fan in the D.C. area and across the nation.”

He also wrote: I respect the opinions of those who disagree. I want them to know that I do hear them, and I will continue to listen and learn.”

The full text of the letter is available here, via The Post, and here, via the team Web site.

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Wise: Never may be coming soon | Milbank: What’s in a name for Redskins? Plenty. 

Parker: No insult intended, but time to retire it | Zimmerman: The ugly truth about the term

The Post’s View: Roger Goodell calls an audible on Redskins name | Go Redskins

On the name: Obama | Jerry JonesTony Dungy  | Ted Leonsis has his own worries

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