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Clinton Portis Knows His Relay Racers

Posted by Matt Terl on November 9, 2010 – 5:59 pm

Clinton Portis is terrific with kids. This is something I’ve noticed before — at Donovan McNabb’s kids football clinic, for example — and it was on display again at today’s NFL Rush event at Redskins Play 60 Super School Claremont Immersion Elementary. The players, along with Tanya Snyder, were onhand to congratulate the school on being so honored, and they joined a select group of kids to do some P.E. style rotation station events: a relay race station, a free weight station, a hula hopp station, and so on.

I asked Portis — a proud father — for his secret at getting along so well with kids, and his answer was pretty straightforward. “Having fun,” he said. “That’s what all the kids wanna do. It’s not a master plan. Kids like to have fun, and I like to have fun, so as long as you find a way for a child to have fun, they’ll gravitate to you, they’ll navigate to you, they’ll enjoy you. You know, you’re gonna have the opportunity to make kids obedient and discipline kids, but at the same time have fun with ’em. They’re kids; appreciate it.”

Sounds simple enough. But keep that in mind as you watch this video, in which Portis proves himself a master of judging talent even at the youth relay race level.

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