The past couple of seasons have not been ideal for running back Clinton Portis. A slew of injuries and false starts have put his mortality on blast and so it goes that he will retire today as a member of the Washington Redskins.
For the larger part of his nine seasons Portis was a machine that grinded out yardage and always had homerun potential.
At one point in his career he told the Washington Post that he was never bothered about the potential for being harmed.
“I don’t step on the field worrying about being hurt,” he said. “I don’t step on the field worried about anything. When I step on the field, I think, ‘Man, I got the strength of two people. And it’s going to be so hard to stop.’ ”
He ends his career with 9,923 yards and 75 TDs on the ground and 2,018 yards and 5 TDs receiving.
Portis was cut by the Redskins in 2011 and decided to call it a day after failing to catch on with another team either last year or in this offseason.
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