Theismann echoed the answer he’s given before. He said the decision is Daniel Snyder’s and he’s “very proud to have represented the Native-American nations of this country, the Washington Redskin fans, [and] the team itself.”
Theismann said the name “has always represented something special and something sacred and something honorable” to him. He retold a story about being given a headdress by a Native American after winning the Super Bowl in 1983 and said the Native Americans he’s surveyed in different parts of the country are okay with the name.
“You have activists out there that don’t want to use the name,” Theismann said. “I can respect somebody else’s opinion.”
Host Harris Faulkner asked Theismann what might happen to the Redskins name on a Redskins Hall of Famer’s plaque if the name is changed.
“It brings up interesting debate,” Theismann said. “Bruce Jenner versus Caitlyn Jenner. Bruce Jenner, they want to maybe change the medals from Bruce Jenner to Caitlyn Jenner because that’s who he is now, or she is now. … I think there will be a time in history where whatever you were, you are. Whatever you will be going forward, that is what you will become.”
You can watch Theismann’s interview here.
Correction: An earlier version of this article misstated the year of Super Bowl XVII, won by Theismann and the Redskins. The game was played in 1983, not 1982.