Clinton Portis Set to Announce Retirement on Thursday

Donald WoodFeatured ColumnistAugust 21, 2012

PHILADELPHIA - OCTOBER 03: Clinton Portis #26 of the Washington Redskins against the Philadelphia Eagles on October 3, 2010 at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The Redskins defeated the Eagles 17-12.  (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)
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With the 2012 NFL season approaching fast, the Washington Redskins have announced that veteran running back Clinton Portis will officially retire Thursday at 2:30 p.m. ET at Redskins Park.

#Redskins to announce the retirement of RB Clinton Portis on Thursday afternoon at 2:30 PM at Redskins Park.

— Redskins (@Redskins) August 21, 2012

Portis missed the 2011 season recovering from several injuries, but failed to make any NFL roster.

With 9,923 rushing yards and 75 touchdowns over his 10-year playing career, Portis was one of the most electrifying backs of his generation.

If it wasn’t for persistent injuries throughout Portis’ career, the fun-loving tailback could have been an all-time great. Isn’t that the story of most NFL running backs, though?


What It Means

While Portis wasn’t on the Washington Redskins roster, this retirement ceremony will be the final curtain call from a team that loved him for the hard work he gave for the team over the seven years he was in DC.

For Redskins fans, the best part of Portis was the personality he had throughout his career.

Despite having the end of his career ravaged by injuries, Portis was one of the most charismatic stars in the NFL. His press conferences are the stuff of legends, and he will be greatly missed by all NFL fans.


What’s Next?

The first thing everyone wants to talk about after a star as big as Clinton Portis retires is the Hall of Fame and whether he will be a member some day.

While his career was admittedly cut short by injuries, the fact that the star scored 75 touchdowns over his career means he at least deserves consideration.

As much as Portis isn’t a first-ballot Hall of Famer, he should eventually be voted in based on his career numbers and the length of time in which he performed at a high level.


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