Clinton Portis's first Redskins press conference
Since Clinton Portis's first Redskins press conference pre-dated the blog era, I wanted to get the photographs and quotes out there, to help complete the historical record. From the AP, in what I can only assume the below photograph is illustrating:
Clinton Portis received about 100 phone calls from NFL players when word got out that he was going to sign a $50 million contract with the Washington Redskins.
The messages? They wanted to know how to get the same kind of deal from the free-spending Redskins.
"Dan Snyder is the owner that every player in the NFL wants to play for," Portis said at a news conference to announce his arrival in a trade that sent cornerback Champ Bailey to the Denver Broncos.
USA Today rendered the message like this:
"Everybody's trying to get here," Portis explained. "After my deal was announced, I probably got 100 phone calls (from players around the league) -- 'Man, tell him to come get me!' "
The Virginian-Pilot captured even more of this dialog, like so:
"What are their phone numbers?" Redskins coach Joe Gibbs called out.
"Coach, you already let one go to Philadelphia - Jevon Kearse," Portis shot back, referring to the former Tennessee defensive end. Kearse signed an eight-year, $66 million deal with the Eagles on Wednesday.
This, though, was the quote of the day, at least that I could find.
"No one could have imagined that I would be out of Denver anytime soon," Portis said. "Now, I'm hanging with Coach Gibbs."
| March 1, 2011; 1:46 PM ET
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