1976-79, 1981-85 (114 games)
Rushing: 1,988 Att; 7,472 Yds; 79 TDs / Receiving: 121 Rec; 928 Yds; 6 TDs
1982 Super Bowl MVP, 1978 Comeback Player of the Year, 1x Pro Bowl (1975), 1x First-team All-Pro (1983), Hall of Fame Inductee: 1992
Rushing Yards: 16, Rushing Touchdowns: 6, Rushing Attempts: 12
Rushing Yards: 1, Rushing Touchdowns: 1, Rushing Attempts: 1
John Riggins was a big, confident running back who actually had two separate stints with the Redskins. A contract dispute between him and the Redskins left Riggins sitting out the 1980 season.
Here’s a funny quote I found from Joe Gibbs, who had just taken over as head coach in 1981:
"He had a camouflage outfit on," Gibbs remembered. "He had been hunting, him and a buddy. He had a beer can in his hand. It was 10 o'clock in the morning and he's meeting his coach for the first time and I'm thinking [sarcastically], `This guy really impresses me.' But I went in there, and I'm telling him everything. I'm telling him, `You won't have to block, you're going to run.' I'm giving him everything. He hadn't said a word. Halfway through the conversation, he says, 'You need to get me back there. I'll make you famous.' "
"I thought to myself, 'Oh, my God, he's an egomaniac.' I thought, 'I'll get him back and then I'll trade him. I'm not putting up with a fruitcake.' So I fly back to Washington, and two days later he calls me. He says, 'Joe, I made up my mind, and I'm going to play next season.' I thought it was great. I've got him back, and I'll trade that sucker. But then he says, 'There's only one thing I want in my contract.' I ask what it was. He says, 'A no-trade clause.' "
Riggins helped take the Skins to back to back Super Bowls in 1982 and ’83, beating the Dolphins and losing to the Raiders. In Super Bowl XVII against the Dolphins, Riggins ran for 166 and a touchdown en route to earning MVP honors.
Honorable Mention: Clinton Portis