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Washington coach Mike Shanahan said he was glad that that Snyder “expressed exactly how he feels from an ownership standpoint.”

Goodell has said that it is ultimately Snyder’s call as to whether the name will be changed. For now, it appears the owner is not budging.

“I respect the opinions of those who disagree. I want them to know that I do hear them, and I will continue to listen and learn,” the letter states. “But we cannot ignore our 81 year history, or the strong feelings of most of our fans as well as Native Americans throughout the country. After 81 years, the team name `Redskins‘ continues to hold the memories and meaning of where we came from, who we are, and who we want to be in the years to come.”

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