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Joe Theismann

'Redskins' Name Is a TRIBUTE to Native Americans

10/21/2013 2:00 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

102113_joe_theisman_launchJoe Theismann is flipping the script -- telling TMZ he believes the name "Redskins" isn't derogatory at all ... insisting it's a TRIBUTE to Native Americans.

Theismann -- who quarterbacked Washington from 1974 to 1985 (winning Super Bowl XVII along the way) was at LAX this weekend and told us, "I was very proud to wear the Redskin uniform."

Joe says he was also proud to "represent the Native American nations of this country as proudly as we could with such great honor."

Theismann says after he won the Super Bowl, he was given an "Indian headdress" -- but couldn't remember which tribe gave it to him.

For a guy who once had his leg snapped in half, Joe moved out of the way pretty quickly when we asked if the team should finally change its name.

So, we gotta ask ...

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universal doll    

As I recall Joe was never too bright.

283 days ago
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Vote2012    

Joe is the biggest jerk you would could ever meet I cannot think of one person who likes this guy. He has always been a fool with a major ego problem. He thinks he is the Wizard of Smart, but that title has already been taken by the guy in the White House.

283 days ago
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