June 20, 2013

I can no longer remain silent regarding the efforts to destroy the name of the Washington Redskins football team. The remarks of NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell [“Goodell defends ‘Redskins’ in letter,” Sports, June 13] made it quite clear that there is no reason to change that long-standing name.

Having been born in Washington before the team relocated here in 1937 and having been a fan since three years thereafter, I never thought of Native Americans as being anything other than as described so aptly by Mr. Goodell: as possessing strength, courage, pride and respect. Nor did anyone I grew up with. And congratulations to team owner Dan Snyder for standing up to the forces pushing to drop the Redskins as the team name.

Ralph Sheaffer, Silver Spring