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Posted at 1:46 PM ET, 03/ 1/2011

Clinton Portis's first Redskins press conference

By Dan Steinberg

(Photos by Joel Richardson - TWP)

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."

More goodbyes at Mister Irrelevant, Hogs Haven, Dan Daly.

By Dan Steinberg  | March 1, 2011; 1:46 PM ET
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I retrospect, people should have noticed Gibbs' coat and realized something was amiss.

Posted by: rdpinva | March 1, 2011 1:54 PM | Report abuse

Jesus! I hope that jacket Gibbs was wearing is now a footstool covering for a blind person.

Posted by: peauxsucent888 | March 1, 2011 5:05 PM | Report abuse

"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.

Might be his stupiest comment ever.

Posted by: bal503 | March 1, 2011 9:02 PM | Report abuse

Easily the most OVERPAID and OVERRATED player in team history! AH notwithstanding.

Posted by: iubiquity | March 2, 2011 1:36 AM | Report abuse

Haha-seeing this made me forget that the Skins used to trot out the three superbowl trophies every press conference. With the subtlety of a jackhammer, the team made sure to equate shiny new player with superbowl victories.

Posted by: jbanks979 | March 2, 2011 8:44 AM | Report abuse

LOL, thats not his suit, its the lights. You can see the pattern on his face too.

Posted by: cnewso01 | March 2, 2011 11:09 AM | Report abuse

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