Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Portis To Retire A Redskin

Portis, above, was an exciting player to watch for the Redskins. (Photo: nflpassers.com)
Former Redskins running back Clinton Portis will announce his retirement on Thursday. He played seven seasons with the Redskins that dated from 2004 to 2010.

Portis was originally a second round draft pick of the Denver Broncos back in 2002. He went to school at the University of Miami in Florida.

Over his nine seasons in the NFL, Portis amassed 9,923 yards rushing and 75 touchdowns. One of his best career seasons came with the Redskins in 2005 when he rushed for 1,516 yards and 11 touchdowns. He averaged 4.3 yards per carry.

Portis was most successful when he played for current Redskins coach Mike Shanahan in Denver. In his first two seasons in the NFL, he ran for over 1,500 yards each season and had at least 14 rushing touchdowns. He averaged 5.5 yards per carry in Denver.

Unfortunately, injuries plagued Portis throughout his Redskins career. He played only three full seasons and in 2009 and 2010 combined, he played in just 13 games. He was slowed by leg injuries and ultimately a concussion.

Portis still remains one of the most memorable running backs in Redskins history. Certainly, nobody will be as memorable as John Riggins, but Portis created his own legacy in Redskins history. Whether it was his on field celebrations or his off field antics ("Coach Hanky Spanky"), Portis was a back that Redskins fans loved and you could certainly find plenty of "26" jersey's at FedEx Field on game days.

He will retire a Redskin with the same coach that drafted him: Mike Shanahan.

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