Oct 2, 2005; Washington, DC, USA; Washington Redskins running back Clinton Portis runs the ball in the first quarter against Seattle Seahawks at Fed Ex Field. Redskins beat the Seahawks 20-17 in overtime. Mandatory Credit: Matthew Emmons- US PRESSWIRE

Clinton Portis Retires: 'This Game Provided Me With Everything I Ever Wanted'

Former Washington Redskins running back Clinton Portis announced his retirement from the NFL on Thursday in an emotional press conference at Redskins Park.

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Clinton Portis Retires: 'This Game Provided Me With Everything I Ever Wanted'

There were no outrageous costumes worn by Clinton Portis at Redskins Park in Ashburn Thursday. There was the playing of a highlight reel, the unveiling of a LeRoy Neiman painting, and a long speech by the man of the hour, who choked up at several points.

"Hello, world," Portis said by way of an opening. "I really wasn't expecting to get emotional here."

And he was off on a prolonged reminiscence of an NFL career that lasted nine years, seven of which were spent with the Redskins. In the process, Portis thanked almost every major member of the team's front office, including former head coach Joe Gibbs, whom Portis described as "one of my favorite people of all time;" former Redskins general manager Vinny Cerrato; and Redskins owner Daniel Snyder, of whom Portis said his first impression was of "a little short man who was cocky." The closest Portis came to fully breaking down was when he thanked the receptionist at Redskins Park, Miss BJ.

"Most of the people that judged me don't know me," Portis said. "And the people that know me, love me."

At the end of the press conference, Snyder announced that Portis would be one of the ten additions to the list of the franchise's greatest players, which is being updated to honor the Redskins' 80th anniversary.

Highlights of the press conference, via CSN Washington, are below.


For more on Portis' retirement, check out the SB Nation blog Hogs Haven.

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Clinton Portis Retirement Blog Reaction: 'Great To See Him Retire A Redskin'

Clinton Portis was released by the Washington Redskins on February 28, 2011. In his final season, 2010, Portis played only five games and struggled with abdomen and groin injuries along the way. But ever since he arrived in D.C. via a trade with the Denver Broncos prior to the 2004 season, Portis worked his way into the hearts of Redskins fans as much for his production as for his eccentric press conference characters.

SB Nation's Redskins blog Hogs Haven had the numbers handy, as well as a couple of valedictory thoughts on Portis' career.

Portis spent seven of his nine year career with the Redskins and is the team's second all-time leading rusher, only behind legend John Riggins. Over his seven years Portis ran for over 6,800, had another 1,340 yards receiving, and scored nearly 50 touchdowns.

It's great to see Portis retire as a Redskins [sic] and this likely clears the way for CP to become one of ten additions that will make up the eighty greatest Redskins later this year.

In the comments of that brief post, Hogs Haven writer Kevin Ewoldt left a YouTube video featuring one aspect of Portis' career that earned him near-universal praise: his blocking.

You should probably mute your speakers for this one.

For more on Portis' retirement, check out the SB Nation blog Hogs Haven.

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