The Washington Redskins are removing former owner George Preston Marshall from their Ring of Fame and striking all references to him on their website.
A spokesman confirmed the decisions Wednesday, saying Marshall's name has already been removed from the history wall at the team's training facility in Ashburn, Virginia. The spokesman said the Ring of Fame is removing Marshall's name from its stadium in Landover, Maryland, on Wednesday and the process to alter the website is underway.
"I don’t have any feelings against it," Marshall's granddaughter, Jordan Wright, told The Associated Press in a phone interview. “My sense has always been if anybody’s offended by these things, then that’s OK with me. They should take it down.”
It's the latest move to cut ties with the legacy of the team's racist founder, a segregationist who refused to integrate by signing Black players until forced to in 1962, more than a decade after much of the rest of the NFL.
Last week, the team renamed the lower bowl FedEx Field that bore Marshall's name after late Hall of Famer Bobby Mitchell, the franchise's first Black player. A day earlier, Events DC removed a statue of Marshall from the team's former home at RFK Stadium in Washington.
Wright said she has tried for years to have the statue removed from the RFK Stadium grounds but wasn't notified when it happened last week.
“Although it was a big surprise, it wasn’t anything that I hadn’t already tried to put in motion,” she said.
Marshall owned the franchise from its inception in 1932 and moved the team from Boston to Washington several years later. He was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1963 and died in 1969.