"I'm bored, I'm broke, and I'm back."
That is what Riggo told reporters in 1981 after taking an 11-month sabbatical from the Washington Redskins.
Hall of Fame head coach Joe Gibbs had just visited him earlier, asking him to return under rules Gibbs had for his club.
It was a good move for Redskins Nation and the NFL. A young group of blockers would soon take the league by storm and be affectionately dubbed "The Hogs." Riggins was given the honor "Piglet" by the unit and was soon called the "Diesel" because he ran through opponents so much.
He brought the franchise their first championship in 40 years in 1982 by being named MVP in Super Bowl XVII after running for 166 yards on 38 carries.
His most famous carry came with the game in the balance in the fourth quarter with 10 minutes to go. On 4th-and-inches, Gibbs ordered his offense to go for the first down and called the play "70 chip."
Riggins broke through a tackle and took off 43 yards for the winning score.
His status as a gridiron legend was cemented not long after at a party involving Redskins and government officials.
He was intoxicated at a party that was to feature a speech by the president. He told US Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor to "loosen up Sandie, baby," and then fell asleep under a table during the president's speech.
Since his retirement as a player, he has continued to be outspoken. Often he is heard railing against current Redskins owner Dan Snyder, once saying that Snyder has a "dark heart."
He is a member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame and the Redskins' Ring of Fame. He will always be one of the most beloved figures in the DC Metro area, because he did it his way and never let his teammates down.
No matter what chaos surrounded him.