Clinton Portis to retire from NFL

Dolemite extinguished: Clinton Portis will retire from the NFL

8/21/12 in NFL   |   JoeKukura   |   492 respect

Blog Photo - Clinton Portis to retire from NFLIt's a sad day today over at Deadspin.com. Washington Redskins running back Clinton Portis, the most quotable, outlandish, wig-headed, Elton John sunglasses-wearing football player of our generation, will announce his retirement Thursday. Portis turns 31 next Saturday, and has played at least that many different characters in various press conferences over the years.

Okay, Clinton Portis has not played a lick of football in over a year, and was already released by the Redskins prior to last season. He is no longer an NFL player of relevance. But Portis' press conference antics and wardrobe finery will be remembered fondly even by fans of rival teams.

Portis was originally drafted as a Denver Bronco in 2002, and rushed for more than 1,500 yards for both of his first two seasons as a pro. Denver traded Portis to Washington for Champ Bailey and a second round pick in 2004, and that's when Portis started busting out the wigs.

Blog Photo - Clinton Portis to retire from NFLDuring his Redskins tenure, Portis began appearing at press conferences in character with bizarre names like Dolemite Jenkins and Choo Choo. Portis had only one 1,500-yard season with the Redskins (2005), but he did rush for more than 1,000 yards for four seasons with Washington. He finishes second behind John Riggins for the Redskins franchise rushing record.

Portis finishes his career with 9,923 total rushing yards, good for the 27th on the all-time NFL rushing list.

As Dan Graziano says say diplomatically over at ESPN, "Redskins fans may not remember the teams (Portis) played on as fondly as they'll remember him."

Portis played nine NFL seasons, seven of those for the Redskins. He is survived on the Redskins roster by running backs Tim Hightower, Evan Royster, and Roy Helu, Jr.
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8/23/12   |   mcleodglen   |   32 respect

Wow times flies by, he's retiring already now?