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Redskins Release Clinton Portis

Posted by Matt Terl on February 28, 2011 – 2:02 pm

The Redskins have released running back Clinton Portis.

More on this later, of course, but for now here’s the team’s full press release:For Immediate Release
February 28, 2011


LOUDOUN COUNTY, Va. – The Washington Redskins announced today that they have released running back Clinton Portis.

In his seven seasons (2004-10) with the Redskins, Portis played in 84 games with 83 starts. He ranks second in franchise history in rushing yards (6,824), rushing attempts (1,667) and rushing touchdowns (46).

“Clinton provided excitement from the very first time he touched the ball as a Redskin and we were lucky to witness every ounce of energy, effort and passion he has given ever since,” Redskins Owner Daniel M. Snyder said. “We have been through a lot both on and off of the field and we would like to wish him and his family the very best. He will always be a Redskin and go down as one of the franchise’s all-time greats.”

Portis started all five games he played in 2010, finishing with 227 rushing yards on 54 carries (4.2 avg.) and two rushing touchdowns.

“I would like to thank the organization,” Portis said. “Dan [Snyder] and Mike [Shanahan] were honest, straight-up people with me. I always appreciated the opportunity from Dan to play here. Being a Redskin was a special part of my life. Coming and being in that organization, I turned from a kid having fun to a man carrying responsibilities. I tried to put the world on my shoulders for Coach Gibbs and the Redskins fans.”

Portis ranks 26th in NFL history and fourth among active players with 9,923 career rushing yards in nine NFL seasons. He was originally drafted by the Denver Broncos in the second round (51st overall) of the 2002 NFL Draft.

“I’ve known Clinton Portis since he entered the National Football League and will always respect the competitive drive, intensity and passion that he brought to the organization every day,” Redskins Executive Vice President/Head Coach Mike Shanahan said.

Portis has been selected to two Pro Bowls, following the 2004 season as a member of the Broncos and following the 2008 season as a member of the Redskins.

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4 Responses to “Redskins Release Clinton Portis”

  1. By Edward Palafox on Aug 22, 2011 | Reply

    Yes Clinton was an electrifying and very emonitional redskins running back. I am a diehard westcoast redskins fan. I am going to miss not seeing Portis as a redskin. May God bless you and your family.
    I am hoping the redskins finally give their fans some playoff exciment this season! Let go Mike take this team to the next level.

  2. By Mandy Hoagland on Sep 9, 2011 | Reply

    Portis was always my favorite. But, I hope the Skins still have a great season. I will miss Portis. My heart still belongs to the Skins, and I hope we have a healthy and a winning season.

  3. By johnathan on Sep 11, 2011 | Reply

    Yall shouldnt have even let him go he was a good runningback n he would have led yall through A good season and now yall released him, so dont be surprised if you dont get a good season

  4. By Charlie Mankin on Feb 7, 2012 | Reply

    He was in my opinion one of the greatest redskins to play the game. Clinton I will miss you. May GOD richly bless you and your family for the gifts you gave us fans. Your chariture and fun loving presense in the locker room and antics will ways bring a smile.
    You where a beast. Never forget 28. Ever.

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