It’s odd. Clinton Portis came to town as a dynamic, game-breaking running back. He revealed himself to be a fascinating personality in many different ways. But somehow my enduring memories are of his blocking — this downfield shot during last season’s Texans game being a prime example.
But that’s just me. Portis was the kind of player who inspired a lot of different reactions from people, and the reactions to his departure were correspondingly varied. Here are a few.
The one that resonated the most with me came from JP Finlay writing at Mister Irrelevant: “Anyone reading this far remembers his first run in his first game as a Redskin,” he writes. “The 65-yard TD. There was so much promise that day. So much excitement. Don’t forget that CP was a game-changing, dynamic RB in his Denver days. The swagger was deserved.” It’s a good tribute, and worth reading. But it was far from the only response. (There’s plenty more in the links for each of these.)
- Former teammate LaVar Arrington, at WaPo: “Shanahan has to work to crack the code of how to turn this team into a winner. When that’s the main objective, tough decisions have to made, and sometimes that means parting ways with players who meant so much to a franchise. It’s a harsh reality for players, fans and coaches.”
- FedEx Al at It Is What It Is: “I wanted to say thanks. Thanks for all of the hard work. Thanks for the quotable moments to look forward to on Tuesdays and Thursdays (Portis’ appearances with the media). Thanks for South East Jerome and your posse of characters that brought the team together in 2005.”
- From DCSportsRadio.com: “I have yet to tell my 3 year old that Clinton Portis is not a Washington Redskin. It’s his favorite player. He lights up when he puts on his #26 jersey on Sunday…and just loves watching Clinton run, block and catch.”
- Dave at Staying Medium: “He clearly had no malice, he simply lacks the filter most of us have in the brain that says “I’m on the radio right now. I should pause and think about how this will sound and reconsider the phrasing, or perhaps leave it unsaid altogether.’ Instead a thought popped up, it came right out, and in a matter of no time it was splattered all over the internet. Was that the coolest thing about Portis or the most problematic? I truly can’t decide.”
- Kevin at Hogs Haven: “As much heat as Portis has taken over the years, I firmly believe a lot of it was undeserved. The relationship Clinton and Gibbs had was undeniable, and the former Hurricane RB did everything that was asked of him, including playing hurt. There was four, FOUR, seasons Portis had with the Redskins where he had 325+ carries. That is absurd. Steven Jackson has only done that twice in his relatively healthy career.”
- And Dan Steinberg at the DC Sports Bog looked back at Portis’ initial press conference and found this spectacular quote: “‘No one could have imagined that I would be out of Denver anytime soon,’ Portis said. ‘Now, I’m hanging with Coach Gibbs.'”
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