Some of the former Washington Redskins players honored at Sunday’s game at FedEx Field declined to weigh in on the controversy over the team’s name.
“That’s beyond me,” former Redskins offensive tackle Joe Jacoby said on the field before the game. “I just played for the organization. I stay out of those messes and that political arena. Other people, it means more to them. It doesn’t mean it doesn’t mean anything to me. It’s not my game. It’s not my fight.”
Former quarterback Doug Williams took a similar approach, saying: “I think a lot of guys haven’t come in on it because at the end of the day, this is such a heated political situation. No matter what you say, you’re gonna be wrong because everybody’s got their own opinion about it. I think the most important thing is to step back and just relax and enjoy the fact that, ‘Hey, I played for the Washington Redskins.’ And that’s what I know and that’s who I won the Super Bowl with. As far as comments on what it should or should not be, I don’t think as a player we should weigh heavily in.”
The Redskins said they honored more than 50 of their alumni, including 10 members of their Super Bowl XXII championship team.
“Any time you get a chance to come back here — for me, Washington is special to me,” Williams said. “And to get a chance to get honored and be a part of the Redskins, that’s hard to beat. I’m just glad to be back and see so many of the guys that I played with, hadn’t seen in a long time and so many guys that played here before me and after me. That’s a great feeling.”
Jacoby joked that such events are a reminder of “how old we’ve gotten.”
Said Jacoby: “These days are getting shorter and shorter for us and what we did, it’s kind of nice to get back and relive some of that. It’s been fun so far this weekend.”
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