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Saturday, February 6: Clinton Portis vs. Man vs. Food

Posted by Matt Terl on February 6, 2010 – 1:01 am

So Clinton Portis has been making the TV rounds lately. He was on ESPN, as you might expect, talking about the offseason, his relationship with Jason Campbell, and so on. He was on NFL Network, as you’d probably guess, talking (in third person, no less) about the offseason, expecting to be back with the Redskins, how great next year could be for Jason Campbell, and so on.

And, as you would immediately assume, he was on Man Vs. Food Live on the Travel Channel, eating a whole bunch of chicken wings and watching the show’s host, Adam Richman, eat an enormous steak.


Of course he was. This is a guy whose previous TV credits include appearances on America’s Next Top Model and MTV Cribs.

Portis is still in Miami pending the Super Bowl, so I wasn’t able to ask him about this. Fortunately, there are plenty of other people in Miami who were willing to ask him on my behalf. And he was more than happy to explain. Read more »

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Clinton Portis Discusses The Death Of Chris Henry

Posted by Matt Terl on December 18, 2009 – 12:21 pm

Clinton Portis gets described in a lot of ways: outlandish, irreverant, outspoken, controversial — all the things that make his radio appearances must-listen (and, often, must-transcribe) things. But there’s an introspective side to Portis that’s often overlooked. Redskins Nation saw it after the death of Portis’ teammate and friend Sean Taylor two years ago, but it’s not something that surfaces much in the regular flow of an NFL season.

The death of Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver Chris Henry yesterday unavoidably brought back memories of Taylor’s death — a talented young player just coming out of a sometimes-troubled period of his life, not playing for his team due to injury, dying senselessly far too young and during the football season.

Redskins owner Daniel M. Snyder even opened yesterday’s otherwise celebratory press conference with thoughts of Henry and the Bengals organization. “I’d like to,” he said, “on behalf of the Redskins organization, send our heartfelt condolences to the Cincinnati Bengals, to Chris Henry’s family, and to my dear friend Marvin Lewis. As an organization that went through a tragedy two years ago, our hearts and our prayers and our wishes go to them. We understand. And our prayers go out to the organization.”

The eerie, unfortunate similarity also occurred to someone at ESPN, so they arranged a phone interview with Portis to discuss that grim November of 2007 and what it would be like for the Bengals to take the field after this kind of event. (You can watch the video above.)

But Portis started by talking about Henry as a person, not about the team’s reaction to his loss.

“You think of how Chris was portrayed,” he said, “and then all of a sudden, after hearing [teammate Chad Johnson] talk, you think of the real Chris Henry. You know, what type of guy he was and how he’s gonna be missed. So being in that situation, you know, I think Chris was a great guy on and off the field.

“You run into situations that you can’t control and you learn from ’em, and I think Chad was saying that he learned. He was trying to do everything right and bettering himself, and the Bengals gave him another opportunity, and now he’s gone.”

Then Portis was asked directly about the similarity to the Sean Taylor situation. Read more »

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Clinton Portis Discusses The Holidays. Oh, And His Future.

Posted by Matt Terl on December 15, 2009 – 1:16 pm

As I noted earlier, charity is the centerpiece of any holiday season. Today marked the Skins Santa Shoppe Holiday Toy and Book Giveaway, put on annually by the Washington Redskins Charitable Foundation and Toys For Tots, which provided toys and books to children in need from 19 area schools and eight community groups.

One of the Redskins players in attendance was injured running back Clinton Portis, who talked about the importance of these kinds of events.

“I mean, it’s just exciting, man,” he said. “You think back to when you were eight, you know, fortunate for me I never really knew outside of Mississippi and I got gifts and never went a Christmas without. But then to become a grown man, a successful man, and you look back and you see poverty-sticken neighborhoods, you see kids who are unfortunate … it makes you grateful for everything that you did [get].

“I remember that I used to get mad because I didn’t get a dirtbike or a moped, and I got everything else,” Portis continued. “I got whatever the new system was, the Super Nintendo, the Super Tecmo Bowl and all the games that came with it, but I would be stubborn and selfish just because I didn’t get a moped for Christmas or I didn’t get this for Christmas. And you sit and look today and kids are appreciative of getting skateboards, and that just made their day, you look back and just be thankful for it.”

Good to see Portis out and about, and I can’t imagine what more people would rather have heard him say.

Oh, wait, you’re wondering how he’s doing, and about all that stuff last week where it sounded like his career was over? Yeah, I guess he mentioned that too. More after the jump.

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Clinton Portis Placed On Injured Reserve

Posted by Matt Terl on December 8, 2009 – 3:03 pm

And that’s the last in-game image we’ll have of Clinton Portis from the 2009 football season, lying motionless on the Georgia Dome turf with a concussion. The team announced today that Portis was being placed on Injured Reserve, which — as you’ll no doubt remember from the recurring Colt Brennan conversations — means that his season is over.

Portis was scheduled to see concussion specialists in Pittsburgh today to determine if he could come back to the field, but executive vice president of football operations Vinny Cerrato said in a statement that this move should not be interpreted as a negative sign for Portis’ future.

“We felt at this juncture in the season, it was best to place Clinton on Injured Reserve,” Cerrato said. “After consulting with our medical staff and other specialists, Clinton’s prognosis is good and we expect him to make a full recovery and return to the Redskins.”

The Injured Reserve list has now swelled to ten. It features three 2008 Pro Bowlers (Portis, Chris Cooley, Chris Samuels), three guys named Chris, six guys with first names beginning with a C, three offensive linemen, two running backs (plus a fullback), two rookies, two guys with a decade or more of NFL experience, and players selected in rounds 1, 2, 3, 6, 7, undrafted, and supplementally drafted.

No matter how you break that list down, it’s long and depressing.

UPDATE: Portis talked about this on ESPN980 this afternoon, and that too was fairly downbeat. Read more »

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Redskins Talk Disappointment And Optimism Today

Posted by Matt Terl on November 4, 2009 – 6:08 pm


For obvious reasons, there were a lot of quotes coming out of the Redskins locker room today that dealt with owner Daniel Snyder’s statement yesterday that he feels disappointed and embarrassed with the first half of the season. That was not a surprise.

Santana Moss discusses the owner feeling disappointed:
“I think we all are. It’s not a good feeling to be who we are and where we are right now. We know it’s people out there that pay a lot of money and that respect what we’ve been trying to do, and you hate to let ’em down. But at the same time, I hope they understand that we’re not TRYING to, you know what I mean?” Read more »

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A Lighter Mood In The Building

Posted by Matt Terl on October 21, 2009 – 2:53 pm

If there was one thing that was clear during open locker room and the first portion of practice today, it’s that the players on the team are actually loose and ready to go. The oppressive tension and electricity that characterized Monday were gone, and … honestly, the mood around here hasn’t seemed this pleasant in more than a month.

“Its hopeful,” Clinton Portis told the assembled media. “Everybody in the locker room is still showing hope. We have a tough opponent coming in this week, and we know they coming in here ready to win. We have to find a way to fight. We’re going to be on prime time television Monday night. We haven’t done good really this season; here is the time to turn it around.” Read more »

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Tuesday, October 20: Would You Trade Portis?

Posted by Matt Terl on October 20, 2009 – 12:25 pm

Today marks the NFL trade deadline, that time of year when the media feverishly speculates about a whole bunch of arbitrary trades and nothing really happens.

Jason Cole of Yahoo! Sports is engaging in one of the favorite media pastimes for NFL Trade Deadline Day: isolating the players “most likely” to be traded. And one of the names on his list would have to be of some interest to Redskins fans: running back Clinton Portis. Here’s Cole’s reasoning:

Clinton Portis: With the Washington Redskins’ loss to Kansas City, not only is coach Jim Zorn’s job seemingly more in jeopardy, but owner Dan Snyder might be willing to start over completely. Snyder likes Portis personally, but he also knows that running backs don’t last and Portis has already outlived the normal lifespan of a back.

What Cole doesn’t address here is the question of who would want Portis. Read more »

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The Redskins Cheerleaders On Metromix (And A Few Other Links)

Posted by Matt Terl on October 15, 2009 – 5:30 pm

Metromix Washington D.C. got a chance to talk to the Washington Redskins Cheerleaders about their rigorous practice regimen. There’s also a photo gallery, if you prefer that sort of thing.

Clinton Portis is launching the Clinton Portis Foundation. Read more »

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As Of Tuesday, Clinton Portis Was In Favor Of Sellers, Communication

Posted by Matt Terl on October 9, 2009 – 5:04 pm

During Clinton Portis‘s regular Tuesday appearances on The John Thompson Show on ESPN980, you never know what you’re going to get. Last year, it seemed like Portis was using Tuesdays mainly to work out his aggressions — on the team, the coach, the radio hosts, whoever. This year, it’s mostly been the Clinton Portis Super Happy Positivity Funtime Hour.

And this week — it turns out, based on after-the-fact reports — we have Portis’s comments the day after his reported “heated exchange” with his fullback, Mike Sellers. I remembered hearing Portis’s segment on my way to Santana Moss‘s charity event Tuesday and was sure I had heard Sellers’s name mentioned, but I couldn’t recall the context.

Thank goodness for the ESPN980 Audio Vault. (Although it didn’t work for me in Firefox; I recommend using Internet Explorer for best results, and be prepared to have host Kevin Sheehan loudly try to sell you a Mercedes as soon as you get to the site.)

I re-listened to Portis’s appearance, and here’s what he had to say about the guy that he had apparently been criticizing and arguing with the day before. Read more »

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Coach Zorn Discusses The Portis/Sellers Incident

Posted by Matt Terl on October 9, 2009 – 4:25 pm

It seems that there was some sort of incident — a “heated argument,” per the Washington Times — between the Redskins Pro Bowl running backs Monday night. Rumors have Clinton Portis questioning Mike Sellers‘s abilities as a blocker, but no details have been confirmed. Neither Portis nor Sellers spoke after practice, but Head Coach Jim Zorn addressed the situation.

I had considered a few different approaches Zorn might take to this kind of thing, but he went with one that I hadn’t thought of at all: an upbeat Zorn — as cheerful as he’s seemed for weeks — was actively supportive and enthusiastic about the incident.

Here’s my transcription of Zorn’s answers, for the inevitable group of people who are unable or unwilling to watch internet video.
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