Legendary Quarterback Sonny Sixkiller: Redskins Name ‘Is Racist to Me’

Sonny Sixkiller on the cover of the October 4, 1971 issue of 'Sports Illustrated'

Legendary Quarterback Sonny Sixkiller: Redskins Name ‘Is Racist to Me’

Sonny Sixkiller was born in Tahlequah, Oklahoma, and is a member of the Cherokee Nation — he's also one of the most accomplished quarterbacks ever to play for the University of Washington. When Sixkiller arrived on campus in 1969, the Huskies were not a good team, posting a 1-9 record his freshman year. Sixkiller took over as starting QB the following season, and led the team to records of 6-4, 8-3 and 8-3 in the years 1970-72 (although he missed four games his senior year due to injury). In three years, Sixkiller racked up 385 completions, 5,496 yards and 35 touchdowns — and set 15 school records.

Sixkiller recently spoke with CNN about the controversy surrounding the name of the Washington (DC) Redskins. The Redskins organization has tried to frame this issue as one that Natives don't care about — this clip suggests otherwise, and we hope it will be shared widely to counteract the misinformation.

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