U of M doesn’t want Redskins’ name in stadium

The University of Minnesota is looking to ban the Redskins name from being used when the Vikings host Washington at TCF Bank Stadium.

The University of Minnesota says it’s working with the Minnesota Vikings to keep the Washington Redskins’ nickname from being used when the two teams play on campus on Nov. 2.

University President Eric Kaler gave the assurances in a letter to U.S. Rep. Betty McCollum, a Democrat who has said use of the name would violate school policies on equity and diversity.

The Vikings are playing home games at TCF Bank Stadium the next two seasons while their new stadium is being built.

Vikings spokesman Lester Bagley says the organization is sensitive to the issue. He says the Vikings are obligated by the NFL to market the Nov. 2 game as they would any game, and the team will continue talking with university and Native American community leaders as the game nears.


Retired quarterback Donovan McNabb will call some NFL games for Fox this season.

McNabb will rotate with former NFL and Notre Dame quarterback Brady Quinn and longtime linebacker Kirk Morrison as a color commentator alongside play-by-play announcer Dick Stockton.

McNabb has worked as an analyst for Fox Sports 1 since the network launched a year ago. The second pick in the 1999 draft, McNabb played 13 NFL seasons. He led the Philadelphia Eagles to four straight NFC championship games and one Super Bowl.

Fox also announced Wednesday that recently retired New York Giants offensive lineman David Diehl will call games with Thom Brennaman, replacing Brian Billick. Longtime defensive back Ronde Barber takes over for Tim Ryan as the analyst paired with Chris Myers. Barber worked with Stockton last season.


Packers general manager Ted Thompson is happy with how the team is moving forward with former quarterback Brett Favre.

Thompson said Wednesday that what Favre accomplished in Green Bay was remarkable. The Packers announced this week that they would induct Favre into the team’s Hall of Fame next year and retire his No. 4 jersey.

It was Thompson and coach Mike McCarthy who decided to part ways with Favre in 2008 following another round of uncertainty of whether or not the quarterback would retire.

Aaron Rodgers took over after backing up Favre for three seasons and led Green Bay to a 31-25 win over the Steelers in the Super Bowl in 2011.

Rodgers has been supportive of bringing Favre back.

“I think it’s important to bring him back into the fold,” Rodgers said Wednesday after practice. “He’s one of the greatest Packers of all-time and one of the greatest NFL players of all-time.”

Thompson was with Green Bay in 1992 when former general manager Ron Wolf traded a first-round draft pick to the Atlanta Falcons to acquire Favre.

“There’s a certain feeling I think that everybody associated with the Packers, and just fans and shareholders and things like that ... feel it’s the right thing,” Thompson said. “It feels comfortable that we now have a plan and we’re going to do things a certain way. ... I think it’s great to have him back.”

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