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Posted at 3:54 PM ET, 01/ 6/2011

John Riggins and Dexter Manley tell classic stories

By Dan Steinberg

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.

Go figure.

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....

By Dan Steinberg  | January 6, 2011; 3:54 PM ET
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Get a life, you clueless incompetent clown.

Posted by: jos587 | January 6, 2011 4:38 PM | Report abuse

Jos587 - apparently you 1.) Are not a Redskins fan 2.) Lead a joyless life 3.) Have no heroes.

We love you Dex! Rock on brother.

Posted by: Rocky420 | January 7, 2011 8:52 AM | Report abuse

Great stuff! If you are winning games, then players can get away with goofing off and acting like a punk. If you are losing games and laying on the field during a play, then you can't even get away with wearing a shirt that says "Punk".

I sure am glad the Skins Alumni have great personalities. It eases the pain a bit.

Posted by: MillBurray | January 7, 2011 4:41 PM | Report abuse

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