Running Back, Clinton Portis, officially retired yesterday as a Washington Redskin. His retirement means the end of career that accounted for 9,923 rushing yards, 75 touchdowns on the ground, 2,018 receiving yards out of the backfield and 5 receiving touchdowns.
Portis was drafted in 2002 by the Denver Broncos with the 51st overall pick. Despite his tremendous speed and natural running ability, concerns about his 5’11”, 215 lb frame dropped his draft stock. His size suddenly became the least of defenses concerns come gameday as Portis took full advantage of Denver’s running back friendly zone blocking scheme. Someone of his ability with head coach, Mike Shanahan’s, blocking scheme made Portis dynamic.
In his 2 years in Denver, Portis racked up 3,099 rushing yards and scored 29 rushing touchdowns. As a rookie he ran for 1,508 yards and 15 touchdowns and then followed that up with a 1,591 rushing yard, 14 touchdown sophomore campaign including a 218 yard, 5 touchdown performance against Kansas City in a 45-27 win (props if you started him in fantasy football that week).
Following his 2nd year in Denver, Portis was traded to Washington in return for All-Pro CB, Champ Bailey, and a 2004 draft pick. Following that trade, Portis had 4 more years of over 1,200 rushing yards, but then began to slow down with injuries. Portis spent 7 years in Washington, but as the injuries caught up to him, he only played 13 games in his final 2 seasons. He still ended his career with the 27th most rushing yards in a career.
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