Clinton Portis

Clinton Earl Portis (born September 1, 1981 in Laurel, Mississippi) is an American football player who currently plays running back for the Washington Redskins of the NFL.

Portis starred at the University of Miami, one of the premier collegiate football programs in the nation. He became just the second true freshman to start at running back since the 1975 season.

He was drafted by the Denver Broncos with the 19th pick in the second round (51st overall) of the 2002 NFL Draft. After his first season with the Broncos, Portis was named The "NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year" by the Associated Press. He rushed for over 1,500 yards in each of his first two seasons with the Broncos. In his second season, he was voted for the 2004 Pro Bowl.

Prior to the 2004 season, the Broncos traded Portis to the Redskins for cornerback Champ Bailey and a second-round draft pick. The Redskins signed Portis to an eight-year contract worth $50.5 million. At that time, there were criticisms regarding the trade, namely that shut-down corners like Bailey were hard to come by and that adding a second-round pick for Portis was too much and one-sided. Critics also said that Portis benefitted largely from Denver's run blocking scheme and he was a product of a great offensive system, not necessarily a great running back. They added that, at 5'11", 212 pounds, he didn't fit the Redskins' type of running back, who historically were larger and more power runners.

In the 2004 season, he had to adjust to coach Joe Gibbs' style of running, which consists of mostly power running. Despite taking his first Redskins carry 64 yards for a TD in the season opener against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, it was a pretty rough adjustment for Portis because Denver's running style consisted of stretch runs and runs to the outside. The adjustment was made rougher by a depleted offensive line. He finished 2004 with 1,315 yards for a 3.8 yard rushing average. He had a tougher time finding the end zone, finishing with eight total touchdowns (5 rushing, 2 receiving, and one passing).

He bounced back in the 2005 season. Although Gibbs still ran a power style of football, he implemented more outside running plays into the Redskins rushing attack to better suit Portis' style of running. Portis had a much better season, proving that he can run inside as well as to the outside and was a better pass-blocker. Although he didn't get into the end zone until the fifth game of the season, he finished strong and had 12 total touchdowns (11 rushing and one passing). On a 14-yard run against the Philadelphia Eagles on January 1, 2006, he broke the Redskins' franchise record for the most rushing yards in a season with 1,516 yards and most 100+ yard games in a season (9). He ended the game with 112 rushing yards. By rushing for 1,516 yards, he became only the third runner in league history to reach 1,500 yards in three of his first four seasons.

On August 13, 2006, Portis suffered a partially dislocated shoulder in the first quarter of a Week 2 pre-season game after tackling Cincinnati Bengals cornerback Keiwan Ratliff following a Bengals interception. After the injury, Portis said: "I don't know why myself or any other player of my caliber should be playing in the preseason." He added, "I think for the last four years I've done enough to show the world I'm going to be ready for the season."

There was no immediate indication from the Redskins as to when Portis might return to active playing status. However, he returned early into the Redskins' Monday Night Football game against the Minnesota Vikings, where he gained 39 yards on 10 carries with one touchdown. The Redskins lost 19-16, the clock expiring as Redskins kicker John Hall missed wide left on a field goal. Portis has rebounded the last two weeks with 16 carries for 86 yards and 2 touchdowns against the Houston Texans, and 27 carries for 112 yards and a touchdown against the Jacksonville Jaguars.

* Portis is represented by fellow University of Miami alumnus Drew Rosenhaus, a member of the so-called Miami mafia and one of the NFL's most aggressive player agents.
* Portis appeared on the cover of the NCAA Gamebreaker 2003 game for Playstation 2, while playing with the University of Miami Hurricanes.
* Portis is known for often wearing various costumes at post-game press conferences that represent fictional characters he has developed.
* When Portis joined the Redskins in 2004, his jersey number (26) was already taken by safety Ifeanyi Ohalete (now with the Cincinnati Bengals). Portis agreed to pay Ohalete $30,000 (in three installments) in order to get his number. When Ohalete was cut by the team during the summer, Portis thought that he didn't have to pay him the remaining installments. Ohalete felt otherwise, and eventually the dispute was settled with Portis paying him the rest of the money.
* Portis and fellow University of Miami alumni Warren Sapp and Jeremy Shockey have done commercials for Swanson Hungry-Man microwave dinners.
* Portis is a fan of Bang Cartoon.
* Portis was largely shut down in the Redskins' 2005 playoff games, rushing for only 94 yards in two playoff games.Permission is granted to copy, distribute and/or modify this document under the terms of the GNU Free Documentation License, Version 1.2 or any later version published by the Free Software Foundation; with no Invariant Sections, with no Front-Cover Texts, and with no Back-Cover Texts.
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