Matthew McConaughey grew up in Texas. But he has been cheering for the Washington Redskins since he was just 4. He wanted to be a Redskins running back when he was growing up and, in a new interview with GQ, he explains how he came to love a team outside of his home state.
"Two things," he told GQ. "First: 4 years old, watching Westerns, I always rooted for the Indians. Second, my favorite food was hamburgers. The Redskins had a linebacker named Chris Hanburger…When you're 4 years old, that's all it takes."
Because he loves the team, GQ then asked McConaughey what he thinks about the recent controversy surrounding the Redskins' team name.
"Man, it's twofold," he said. "What interests me is how quickly it got pushed into the social consciousness. We were all fine with it since the 1930s, and all of a sudden we go, 'No, gotta change it'? It seems like when the first levee breaks, everybody gets on board. I know a lot of Native Americans don't have a problem with it, but they're not going to say, 'No, we really want the name.' That's not how they're going to use their pulpit. It's like my feeling about gun control: 'I get it. You have the right to have guns. But look, let's forget that right. Let's forget the pleasure you get safely on your range, because it's in the wrong hands in other places.'"
And finally, McConaughey went on to say that while he does not want to see the Redskins' name and logo change, he thinks it's going to happen.
"It's not going to hurt me," he said. "It's just…I love the emblem. It gives me a little fire and some oomph. But now that it's in the court of public opinion, it's going to change. I wish it wouldn't, but it will."
You can read the rest of McConaughey's GQ interview here. What do you think about his thoughts on the Redskins' name and logo?