Locals react to Redskins announcing name and logo change

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HOLLINS, Va. (WFXR) — Robin Bennett walked WFXR News through his Redskins merchandise at Sports Haven Inc. in Hollins.

According to Bennett, almost all of his Redskins fans customers had the same mood toward the franchise announcing it will be changing the team name and logo.

“Very very sad,” Bennett said. “They say they grew up with it (the logo). You know, they know the fight song. You know, their parents, their grandparents, it’s just a lot of memories there.”

Bennett isn’t all-that concerned for how this decision will affect his business. Most of his Redskins sales come from people wanting merchandise from the team’s legendary players.

“You know, the old guys: the Theismanns, the Riggins, the Hogs. All those guys, they’re our sellers,” Bennett said.

“I would’ve liked to see the logo stay, but I can understand changing the name The Redskins,” said Roanoke resident and life-long Redskins fan, John Belshan.

Belshan was at Sports Haven the day the announcement was made. He took home a helmet signed by Russ Grimm.

“It has his Hall of Fame signature from 2010 and says Hail to the Redskins on it. It’s a pretty nice piece,” Belshan said, proud of his purchase.

The lifelong Redskins fan says he sees both perspectives of the decision but was sad to hear the news of the change and also says games aren’t going to be the same.

“I’ll be honest, I’m probably going to cut ties with the team, since they’re dropping the logo and the name,” Belshan said. “I’ll kind of just go with fantasy football and root for more players.”

Bennett says he’s going to continue carrying the classic Redskins memorabilia, as well as the new stuff. When the time comes and a new logo and name is chosen, he says he’ll start with hats and shirts and get a feel for where the demand is with this new look.

Other fans who spoke with WFXR News off camera said the decision from the franchise organization to change the name and logo doesn’t change the way they feel about the team.

Regardless of a new name and logo, they’re still going to call this team the Redskins and also say they wouldn’t be surprised if they heard the team’s fight song Hail to the Redskins after a touchdown at FedEx Field this season.

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