The Washington Redskins announced on Monday that General Manager Bruce Allen has become the team's new president, according to tweets from the team.
Team owner Dan Snyder said he thinks "the world" of Allen and that both titles are appropriate, in a statement tweeted by the team on Monday afternoon. Prior to joining the Redskins, Allen had previously served as general manager of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers from 2004–2008 and as a senior executive with the Oakland Raiders from 1996–2003.
Allen had sent a recent letter to Sen. Harry Reid responding to a memo by Reid and 49 other U.S. Senators. The letter signed by half of the U.S. Senate was addressed to NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell and called upon for the Redskins to change its name because of the sensitivity to many tribal communities.
In his response last week, Allen said that the Redskins name "originated as a Native American expressions of solidarity."
The #Redskins announced today they have named Bruce Allen as President and General Manager. #HTTR
— Washington Redskins (@Redskins) May 26, 2014
#Redskins owner Dan Snyder on President & GM Bruce Allen: "I think the world of Bruce Allen and giving him both titles is appropriate." — Washington Redskins (@Redskins) May 26, 2014