The Washington Football has an identity crisis; they changed their controversial Redskins name in 2020 after having it since 1933. The former Washington nickname had caused quite a stir over time, and the team finally decided to get rid of it. Maybe changing the name was a good thing, as they had terrible NFL playoff odds coming into 2020, but they won the NFC East for the first time since 2015. The internet has had fun thinking of different names for the Football Team, and team officials have stated that the new name will come in early 2022. So pick up your WFT merchandise while you still can because it looks like 2021 will be the last time you can. There have been no hints of what the name change will be or if they will change colors, but let’s have some fun and pick the ten best names for the Washington Football Team.
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Yes, it is basic and boring, but it has taken on a life of its own. The memes and people ironically calling them the Football Team is dumb but also fun. People seem to actually like the stripped-down nature of the logo and the name, reminiscent of the early days of the NFL, where they would wear leather helmets and dull colors. We like the burgundy and gold colorway of the team, and most of the name ideas will keep it. We understand they will change the name for marketing reasons, but we would not be mad if they kept the Washington Football Team a little longer. They could go the soccer route and change the name to Washington Football Club.
This one is also a little tongue in cheek, but the Cleveland Indians were going through the same controversy as Washington in the past, and they both decided to change their name during the 2020 season. With the announcement that the Cleveland baseball team will be the Guardians in 2022, it only fits that Washington is in lockstep with them and changes their names to the Guardians. Who cares if the Guardians name references Guardian statues outside of Cleveland, it still is a cool name. There is some merit to having the name changed to Guardians; there has been a logo design that gained traction before Cleveland made their announcement. So it still feels plausible.
There is going to be a heavy pig theme with this list. The Hogs were the nickname for the dominant offensive line for Washington in the 1980s and early 90s. It was the most success the team had ever had in the NFL sportsbook, winning three out of four Super Bowl appearances. Arkansas has shown that you could make an intimidating logo of a pig, and their colors are red, so it already matches. If Washington wants to lean into the team’s history, going with the Washington Razorbacks would be an excellent idea.
A more overt nod to the Hogs nickname, they could go several different directions with this name. It could be similar to the Razorbacks, a literal wild animal, or they could go the biker route and have a motorcycle riding pig be their mascot. The former might be better suited for a team in a Disney movie rather than an NFL franchise, but a pig mascot riding a motorcycle out of the tunnel followed by NFL players would be a sight to see.
If Washington wants to have “Red” in their name, and have a pig mascot, then the Washington Red Hogs would be the perfect fit. They could keep the same colorway and have a tough-looking pig mascot that would look great on a helmet or t-shirt. There are red hogs in the wild, like the Red river hog or the Red Wattle Hog. Actually, the Washington Red Wattle Hogs is a way better name.
Maybe they do not want to go in a pig direction. The Washington Red Wolves is a name that might be a tongue twister if you say it too fast, but the mascot design would look great. The Red Wolves’ nickname might sound random, but many different sports teams have adopted it. Arkansas State University uses the name for all of their sports, and their logo of an angry wolf would be something different in the NFL. The mascots of the Florence Red Wolves and Chattanooga Red Wolves SC have a more friendly look, but that is not the look of NFL animals.
A name that has picked up steam over the past year is the Washington Red Tails. The nickname comes from painted planes that Tuskegee Airmen flew during World War II. With the team playing in the nation’s capital, it makes perfect sense to pay tribute to American history. While there is the New York Jets, their logo is a football and not an airplane, a WWII-era plane would not fit with the sleek updated look of most NFL logos, but it could give a retro feel to the team and sets them apart. There is the issue of basing the name after a group of war veterans, and it is tough to please everyone. A Tuskegee pilot has signed off on it, but it might be another political name that Washington would want to stay away from. The Red Tails would be a great name to preserve the legacy of these men long after they have passed.
The Washington Warriors is another popular name that is a favorite in the Washington DC area and in the NFL betting odds. The Warriors would be paying homage to the Native American community. Although the Golden State Warriors do bear the name, their imagery is not Native American based. If they were to return to Native American imagery, with the controversy they dealt with their previous nickname, that might not go over well. While the idea might be in good faith to honor the Native American community while keeping tradition, the political headache it might cause may not be worth it for Washington owner Dan Snyder and the NFL.
A blatant ripoff from the XFL, but the DC Defenders does have a nice ring to it. The XFL team used a basic shield logo with lighting, stars, and DC, but they could go in so many different directions. Similar to the Red Tails, they could use American history as the inspiration or go back even further in time and have a Medieval look, similar to the Vegas Knights of the NFL. The Defenders is a basic name, but it is so basic that there are so many directions they could go with the design or mascot. But with the XFL rumored to make another comeback, the DC Defenders might be a real thing, but not in the NFL.
Another ripoff of a famous Washington team, the Washington Generals, are the arch-rivals of the famed Harlem Globetrotters. While the Washington Football Team has been a mess both on and off the field, the Washington Generals might be the most fitting name for them. If the team wants a complete makeover, they could change their colors as well. The basketball team’s colors are green and yellow, so the Green Bay Packers might shut that color scheme down. The Generals are similar to the Patriots, but a modern general could be a nice American look. Some other military nicknames they could use are Commanders, Aviators, or Majors.
The Washington Football team has not given a set date when the official name change will occur, but the expectation is early 2022. Over the past year, Washington and NFL fans have designed logos for the team’s new name. The creativity the name change has brought out has been unbelievable. These were our ten favorite possible names, but dozens more have been thought of and gained traction as fan favorites. A new nickname will not help the team with their NFL odds, but putting the distraction of the name behind them, getting a new identity, could be positive for the team.