Player profile: #26 Clinton Portis
By Evan Bliss
109 yards is all Clinton Portis needs to become the 25th player in NFL history to reach 10,000 rushing yards. The closest active player is Kansas City’s Thomas Jones who needs 566 yards, but he has been in the league 2 years longer than Portis. So what’s keeping Portis from the 10 Grand Club? The Revenge of Inez Sainz. A groin tear, after Portis’ controversial remarks regarding female reporters in male locker rooms, sidelining Portis for 4-6 weeks. Sadly comical.
There’s no middle ground. People either love or hate Clinton Portis. Some haters dislike his flamboyance. His championship belt declaring himself the undisputed rushing champ in the NFL. His crazy outfits and characters like Dr. Do Itch Big and Sheriff Gonna Getcha. His Ram hunting video was a dismal cinematographic regurgitation of Cimino’s The Deer Hunter that moved like molasses due to it’s soft script, shoddy acting, and production value. Cooley as Walken’s Nick?
Some haters dislike the controversial comments (specifics upcoming), preferring Portis to shut his trap and play the game. Those are probably the same haters who dislike his fluctuating practice habits which prevent him from gelling with his o-line and keep him out of shape. Others, even teammates, hated his personal relationship with owner Dan Snyder that possibly granted him undue star treatment. Those are the haters that think Portis is washed up and are glad Torrain is getting the start.
I am not a Portis hater. Never have been, never will be. I find his flamboyance a welcome change in a league dominated by salaries and egos. I’ll take the comical Portis and Ochocinco over the bitter and angry Randy Moss and T.O. shows any day of the week.
My personal take on two infamous comments. First, the dog fighting comments. Portis spoke on how he grew up around it, knew people that did it, and didn’t understand why it was a big deal. He was crucified. Why?
He was asked and he answered honestly. The comments are more revealing in that there are parts of this country where that is the norm, shockingly or not, and that values and morals aren’t posted on interstate highways.
Second comment was the recent Hurricane Inez that took the national media by storm: a female reporter scantily clad who felt uncomfortable in the Jets locker room. Portis’ comments led to a Roger Goodell tongue lashing. Again he answered honestly and was taken out of context. “53 packages” aside, possibly Portis’ all-time quote gem, he illustrated the obvious: gender rights are very important, but having them doesn’t automatically repeal human and sexual instinct.
Regardless of which camp you sit in, no one can dispute that Portis brings it on game day. Indisputably the best blocking running back in the league, gaining 25 pounds to better suit Gibbs power running game, he’s given his body to this game more than any other player at his position, probably to the detriment of his longevity and personal statistics. Torrain might take the job and be massively successful, but he could never fully replace Clinton Portis, for better or for worse.
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| October 8, 2010; 4:00 PM ET
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