Mike Ditka, the 74-year-old 11-season coach of the Chicago Bears and 3-season coach of the New Orleans Saints, may be endangering his position as an ESPN commentator on the NFL by trashing the debate surrounding the name of the NFL's Washington Redskins.
"It's so much horses--- it's incredible," Ditka said when asked about the debate in an interview with Mike Richman of RedskinsHistorian.com.
"It was said out of reverence, out of pride to the American Indian," Ditka continued. "Even though it was called a Redskin, what are you gonna call 'em, a Proudskin? This is so stupid it's appalling."
Its been the name of the team since the beginning of football. it has nothing to do with something thats happened lately.
"It's all the politically correct idiots, that's all it is," Ditka said.
The Washington Redskins have been the target of protests over alleged discrimination or racism in the name of the team since 1971.
After the team won Super Bowl XXII in 1988, many Native Americans wrote letters to the team's owner saying that the name was hurtful and should be changed.
The protests have been renewed as of late. In May 2014, 50 Democratic party U.S. Senator co-signed a letter to NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell citing the Donald Sterling racism scandal and asking him to change the team's name.
But Ditka, a Western Pa. native who in three seasons with the University of Pittsburgh Panthers was considered to be one of the greatest tight ends in college football history.
"I hope the owner keeps fighting and never changes it because it's part of American football history, and it should never be anything but the Washington Redskins," Ditka said.