Clinton Portis Rumors: If Portis Decides to Retire, Will He End Up in the HOF?
Clinton Portis was one of the more colorful people in the NFL. His weekly gag of doing his interviews dressed up as a different character was always chuckle worthy. Whether it be Southeast Jerome, Sheriff Gonna Getcha or one of his other creations, he always kept the mood light.
On the field, however, Portis was all business. His most productive season came in 2003 when he rushed for 1,591 yards in just 13 games (122 yards per game) and scored 14 touchdowns. For his career, he averaged 105 all-purpose yards per game.
But is he Hall of Fame worthy?
According to his Pro Football Reference page, Portis' career comparison players include Earl Campbell and Leroy Kelly, who are both in the Hall of Fame. But it also has players like Wilbert Montgomery, Garrison Hearst and Terry Metcalf, who are on the outside looking in.
He only ranks 22nd in touchdowns and 26th in yards among running backs. On the flip side, he ranks eighth in yards per game at 87.4, but will voters give him credit despite retiring before 30, even if the retirement is based on a lack of interest and not a personal choice?
There is no question that at his peak, Portis played at a Hall-of-Fame level. The problem for Portis will be a lack of major accomplishments. He never won a Super Bowl or a Most Valuable Player award. He was only selected to the Pro Bowl twice and was named All-Pro just once.
Although he had some awesome seasons, I don't think Portis will end up enshrined into Canton.
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