After years of calls to change its team nickname, the Washington Redskins NFL franchise has finally relented. The team will be known this season as the Washington Football Team.

In this commentary, WSIU Radio contributor Pete Peterson looks back at the origin of the Redskins' name and how history shows changing nicknames is pretty common in professional sports.


Athletes of all races are supporting the Black Lives Matter movement sweeping the United States.

Beyond that, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell recently released a video where he said the league was wrong for not listening to players sooner.

Pete Peterson: Super Bowl of Team Names

Jan 31, 2020

Super Bowl LIV is this Sunday in Miami with the Kansas City Chiefs taking on the San Francisco 49'ers.

In this special commentary, WSIU Radio contributor Pete Peterson has his own version of the big game...he calls it the Super Bowl of Team Names.

SIU Salukis

The NFL Draft runs from now through Saturday in Nashville.

A former Saluki wide receiver hopes to hear his name called sometime this weekend.

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Pittsburgh native Pete Peterson is a die-hard Steelers fan.

In his annual Black History Month commentary, Peterson tells us about a little-known Steelers scout who helped black players gain a stronger foothold in the National Football League.


This is the 3rd straight season the City of St. Louis has been without a NFL team. The Rams moved back to Los Angeles in 2016.

In this special commentary, WSIU Radio contributor Pete Peterson looks at the curious history of professional football in St. Louis.