John Riggins and Dexter Manley tell classic stories
Funny thing about stories involving athletes and excessive alcohol consumption. If they involve current players, these stories seem troubling and uncouth, a sign that the modern athlete takes advantage of his status in life by acting out without regard for responsibility. But if they involve former players -- especially players who retired two decades ago after championship careers -- such stories seem charming and hilarious, remnants from a better era.
So I don't really know how to react to these two Dexter Manley stories relayed on the John Riggins Show. One involves Riggins showing up to a team meeting the day before a Monday night game at San Francisco, double-fisting Jack Daniels while Joe Gibbs was talking.
"He's like John Wayne," Manley recalled. "Then he said, 'Oh, that guy's a great coach, that guy's a great coach!...But then the guy showed up on Sunday....Do you remember that?"
"Hell no I don't remember that," Riggins said. "You expect me to remember that?"
This box score suggests that Riggins carried 10 times for 12 yards in that game, a high-scoring loss.
And the other story involves Riggins doing donuts in his truck on the Redskins practice field, which later encouraged a tipsy Manley to attempt the same in his Bronco.
"One night I went out and had too much, and I thought well, I'm gonna go through the gate, too!" Manley said. "They was practicing, I was late....and so I went in there and kind of raised some hell.....I go through the gates and Joe Gibbs, all of them come over, and Richie Petitbon. And I'll never forget, I was ready to jump back in my car because I was ready to leave. I run in the car, slam the door, drove out, and here come a big 18-wheeler down Redskins Parkway and I hit it right head-on, totaled my car....And they fined me a thousand bucks."
So yeah. The next time you hear a rant about the modern, spoiled, irresponsible NFL player....
| January 6, 2011; 3:54 PM ET
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