Clinton Portis to retire after a nine-year career
Former star running back Clinton Portis will officially retire from the National Football League (NFL) on Thursday with the Washington Redskins.
“It’s a beginning and an end, this is just the new beginning to the rest of my life, the game was great to me! HTTR I’m forever a skin!!!!” Portis tweeted Tuesday shortly after the announcement.
Portis last played in the NFL in 2010, a season in which he was limited to just five games due to injuries. The Redskins released Portis following the 2010 season, and though he hinted over the past year that he was interested in playing again, he remained unsigned.
The former offensive rookie of the year spent seven of his nine years with the Redskins, rushing for 6,824 yards and 46 touchdowns. Portis was just 77 yards short of rushing for 10,000 yards in his career and ranks 27th all-time.
Though often overshadowed in his time by players like LaDainian Tomlinson and Tiki Barber, Portis was highly respected by his teammates and coaches and was a workhorse back, willing blocker, and outstanding receiver. He is widely remembered for his colorful locker room characters.