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Encyclopedia > Clinton Portis
Clinton Portis
Washington RedskinsNo. 26
Running back
Date of Birth: September 1, 1981 (1981-09-01) (age 26)
Place of Birth: Laurel, Mississippi Flag of the United States
Height: 5 ft 11 in (1.8 m) Weight: 223 lb (101 kg)
National Football League Debut
2002 for the Denver Broncos
Career Highlights and Awards
Career History
College: University of Miami
NFL Draft: 2002 / Round: 2 / Pick: 51
 Teams:
Stats at NFL.com

Clinton Earl Portis (born September 1, 1981 in Laurel, Mississippi) is an American football running back. Portis currently plays for the Washington Redskins of the National Football League. For other uses, see Redskins (disambiguation). ... In team sports, the squad number, shirt number, jersey number, sweater number, or uniform number is the number worn on a players uniform. ... P.J. Daniels was a star running back for Georgia Tech from 2002-2005. ... is the 244th day of the year (245th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1981 (MCMLXXXI) was a common year starting on Thursday (link displays the 1981 Gregorian calendar). ... Laurel is a city located in Jones County in Mississippi, a state of the United States of America. ... Image File history File links This is a lossless scalable vector image. ... The 2002 NFL season was the 83rd regular season of the National Football League. ... City Denver, Colorado Other nicknames Orange Crush (1977-1979 defense) Team colors Orange, Broncos Navy Blue, and White[1] Head Coach Mike Shanahan Owner Pat Bowlen General manager Ted Sundquist Mascot Miles League/Conference affiliations American Football League (1960-1969) Western Division (1960-1969) National Football League (1970–present) American... Since 1967 The Associated Press has given two annual Rookie of the Year Awards to NFL American football players: one for an offensive player and one for a defensive player. ... In professional American football, the Pro Bowl is the all-star game of the National Football League (NFL). ... The 2004 AFC-NFC Pro Bowl was played in front of 50,127 on February 8, 2004 at Aloha Stadium in Honolulu, Hawaii. ... This is a list of athletic conferences of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) and National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA). ... This article is about the university in Coral Gables, Florida. ... The NFL Draft (officially the NFL Annual Player Selection Meeting[1]) is an annual sports draft in which National Football League (NFL) teams take turns selecting amateur college American football players and other first-time eligible players. ... Round 1 Round 2 Categories: National Football League players | American football biography stubs ... City Denver, Colorado Other nicknames Orange Crush (1977-1979 defense) Team colors Orange, Broncos Navy Blue, and White[1] Head Coach Mike Shanahan Owner Pat Bowlen General manager Ted Sundquist Mascot Miles League/Conference affiliations American Football League (1960-1969) Western Division (1960-1969) National Football League (1970–present) American... For other uses, see Redskins (disambiguation). ... is the 244th day of the year (245th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1981 (MCMLXXXI) was a common year starting on Thursday (link displays the 1981 Gregorian calendar). ... Laurel is a city located in Jones County in Mississippi, a state of the United States of America. ... United States simply as football, is a competitive team sport that is both fast-paced and strategic. ... For other uses, see Redskins (disambiguation). ... NFL redirects here. ...

Contents

Early years

Portis attended high school at Gainesville High School where he was a USA Today Honorable Mention All-American. He was Florida's #4 tailback on the Florida Times-Union Super 75 and No. 27 player in Florida, as well as first-team all-state, all-region and all-area selection.


In his senior year, Portis was the Gainesville Sun Player of the Year and set a school record rushing for 2,036 yards, averaging 8.0 yards per carry and scored 26 touchdowns.


He was also a standout in track and field, as well, clocking 10.6 in the 100 meters and participating on a state-record 4x100-meter relay team (40.8) and state champion 4x400-meter relay team.


College career

Portis starred at the University of Miami. He became just the second true freshman to start at running back since the 1975 season. Portis set a school freshman record with five 100-yard performances, and led the team with 838 yards and eight touchdowns on 143 carries (5.9 avg.) in 10 games. He also caught four passes for 44 yards (11.0 avg.) and 2 touchdowns. This article is about the university in Coral Gables, Florida. ... P.J. Daniels was a star running back for Georgia Tech from 2002-2005. ...


Portis' sophomore season wasn't as successful as he lost his job to James Jackson and rushed for 485 yards and two touchdowns on 77 carries (6.3 avg.) in eight games. He also added 103 yards on five receptions (20.6 avg.). James Jackson may refer to: James Jackson (politician) (1757–1806), Revolutionary War soldier, Georgia Congressman, Senator and Governor James Jackson (congressman) (1819–1887), Georgia Congressman, grandson of Senator James Jackson James Jackson (soldier), Congressional Medal of Honor recipient James Caleb Jackson (1833–1916), inventor of granola James Jackson, Jr. ...


However Portis bounced back in 2001 as the Hurricanes won the National Championship and Portis had his best season rushing for 1200 yards and 10 touchdowns on 220 carries (5.5 avg.). He also added 125 receiving yards on 12 receptions. In the Rose Bowl against Nebraska, Portis ran for 104 yards on 20 carries including a 38-yard touchdown. The Rose Bowl is an annual American college football bowl game, usually played on January 1 (New Years Day) at the stadium of the same name in Pasadena, California. ...


Portis compiled 2,523 yards through three seasons to rank fourth on the Miami career rushing yards list. He also tied the Miami career record for 100-yard rushing performances with a total of 14, matching the total accumulated by Edgerrin James. Edgerrin Tyree James (born August 1, 1978 in Immokalee, Florida), nicknamed “The Edge” or just “Edge”, is an American football player who currently plays running back for the Arizona Cardinals of the NFL. // James was recruited out of Floridas Immokalee High School by the University of Miami. ...


NFL career

2002 NFL Draft

Portis was drafted by the Denver Broncos with the 51st overall pick in the second round of the 2002 NFL Draft. City Denver, Colorado Other nicknames Orange Crush (1977-1979 defense) Team colors Orange, Broncos Navy Blue, and White[1] Head Coach Mike Shanahan Owner Pat Bowlen General manager Ted Sundquist Mascot Miles League/Conference affiliations American Football League (1960-1969) Western Division (1960-1969) National Football League (1970–present) American... Round 1 Round 2 Categories: National Football League players | American football biography stubs ...

Pre-draft measureables
Wt 40y 20ss 3-cone Vert BP Wonderlic
204 lb[1] 4.28[2] X X X X 20*[3]
(* represents NFL Combine)

Denver Broncos

After Portis' first season with the Broncos, he was named The "NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year" by the Associated Press. He rushed for over 1,500 yards in each of his first two seasons with the Broncos, amassing over five yards per carry in both seasons. He was then voted to the Pro Bowl in 2003. The 40-yard dash, also simply called the 40, is a sprint covering 40 yards (36. ... The 20-yard shuttle, also simply called the short shuttle, is a test performed by American football athletes at the NFL combine. ... The 3 cone drill, or three cone drill, is a test performed by American football athletes at the NFL combine. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... A soldier performs a bench press The bench press is a form of weightlifting which primarily focuses on the development of the pectoralis major muscle as well as other supporting muscles. ... The Wonderlic Personnel Test (often referred to as Wunderlich) is an intelligence test primarily known for being administered to prospective players in the National Football League since the 1970s. ... The National Invitational Camp or NFL Combine, as it is more widely known, is a week-long showcase, occurring every February in Indianapolis, Indianas RCA Dome, where college football players perform physical and mental tests in front of NFL coaches, general managers and scouts. ... Since 1967 The Associated Press has given two annual Rookie of the Year Awards to NFL American football players: one for an offensive player and one for a defensive player. ... The Associated Press, or AP, is an American news agency, the worlds largest such organization. ... The 2004 AFC-NFC Pro Bowl was played in front of 50,127 on February 8, 2004 at Aloha Stadium in Honolulu, Hawaii. ...

Washington Redskins

Prior to the 2004 season, the Broncos traded Portis to the Redskins for cornerback Champ Bailey and a second-round draft pick in the 2004 NFL Draft which the Broncos used to select Tatum Bell. The Redskins signed Portis to an eight-year contract worth $50.5 million. At that time, there were criticisms regarding the trade, namely that shut-down corners like Bailey were hard to come by and that adding a second-round pick for Portis was too much and one-sided. Critics also felt that Portis was simply a product of the Broncos' O-line scheme, and wouldn't have much success in Washington, which was usually suited to more physical, power runners (such as Stephen Davis or John Riggins). This article does not cite any references or sources. ... The 2004 NFL Draft took place on April 24th and 25th of 2004. ... Tatum Antoine Bell (born March 2, 1981 in Dallas, Texas) is an NFL running back with the Detroit Lions. ... Stephen Davis (born March 1, 1974, in Spartanburg, South Carolina), is an American football running back who is currently a free agent. ... John Riggins (born August 4, 1949, in Seneca, Kansas) is a former American Football running back, playing from 1971-1985. ...


In the 2004 season, he had to adjust to coach Joe Gibbs' style of running, which consists of mostly power running. Despite taking his first Redskins carry 64 yards for a TD in the season opener against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, it was a pretty rough adjustment for Portis because Denver's running style consisted of stretch runs and runs to the outside. The adjustment was made rougher by a depleted offensive line. He finished 2004 with 1,315 yards for a 3.8 yard rushing average. He had a tougher time finding the end zone, finishing with eight total touchdowns (5 rushing, 2 receiving, and one passing). Joe Jackson Gibbs (born November 25, 1940) is a Hall of Fame American football coach and NASCAR Championship team owner. ... This May 2007 does not cite any references or sources. ...


He bounced back in the 2005 season. Although Gibbs still ran a power style of football, he implemented more outside running plays into the Redskins rushing attack to better suit Portis' style of running. Portis had a much better season, proving that he can run inside as well as to the outside and was a better pass-blocker. Although he didn't get into the end zone until the fifth game of the season, he finished strong and had 12 total touchdowns (11 rushing and one passing). On a 14-yard run against the Philadelphia Eagles on January 1, 2006, he broke the Redskins' franchise record for the most rushing yards in a season with 1,516 yards and tied the most 100+ yard games in a season (5). He ended the game with 112 rushing yards. By rushing for 1,516 yards, he became only the third runner in league history to reach 1,500 yards in three of his first four seasons. City Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Team colors Midnight Green, Black, White, and Silver Head Coach Andy Reid Owner Jeffrey Lurie General manager Tom Heckert (official) Andy Reid (de facto) Fight song Fly, Eagles Fly Mascot Swoop League/Conference affiliations National Football League (1933–present) Eastern Division (1933-1949) American Conference (1950-1952...


Portis demonstrated his speed during the 2006 Redskins training camp, running a 4.26 second 40-yard dash. Shortly following that, on August 13, 2006, Portis suffered a partially dislocated shoulder in the first quarter of a Week 1 pre-season game after tackling Cincinnati Bengals cornerback Keiwan Ratliff following a Bengals interception. After the injury, Portis said: "I don't know why myself or any other player of my caliber should be playing in the preseason." He added, "I think for the last four years I've done enough to show the world I'm going to be ready for the season." City Cincinnati, Ohio Team colors Black, Orange and White Head Coach Marvin Lewis Owner Mike Brown Mascot Who Dey League/Conference affiliations American Football League (1968-1969) Western Division (1968-1969) National Football League (1970–present) American Football Conference (1970-present) AFC Central (1970-2001) AFC North (2002-present) Team... Keiwan Jevar Ratliff (born April 19, 1981 in Youngstown, Ohio) is an American football cornerback and punt returner for the Cincinnati Bengals of the NFL. He attended the University of Florida. ...


There was no immediate indication from the Redskins as to when Portis might return to active playing status [4]. However, he returned early into the Redskins' Monday Night Football game against the Minnesota Vikings, where he gained 39 yards on 10 carries with one touchdown. The Redskins lost 19-16, the clock expiring as Redskins kicker John Hall missed wide left on a field goal. Portis rebounded the last two weeks with 16 carries for 86 yards and 2 touchdowns against the Houston Texans, and 27 carries for 112 yards and a touchdown against the Jacksonville Jaguars. Monday Night Football (MNF) is a live television broadcast of the National Football League. ... City Minneapolis, Minnesota Other nicknames The Vikes, The Purple People Eaters Team colors Purple, Gold, and White Head Coach Brad Childress Owner Zygi Wilf General manager Rob Brzezinski Fight song Skol, Vikings Mascot Ragnar League/Conference affiliations National Football League (1961–present) Western Conference (1961-1969) Central Division (1967-1969... John Hall (born March 17, 1974 in Port Charlotte, Florida) is an American football player, who currently is a placekicker for the Washington Redskins. ... This article is about the current National Football League team. ... City Jacksonville, Florida Team colors Teal, Black, White, and Gold Head Coach Jack Del Rio Owner Wayne Weaver General manager James Harris Mascot Jaxson de Ville League/Conference affiliations National Football League (1995–present) American Football Conference (1995-present) AFC Central (1995-2001) AFC South (2002-present) Team history Jacksonville...


Nagged by injuries all season, Portis suffered another setback in the first quarter of the Redskins' November 12 loss to the Philadelphia Eagles. Portis left the game with a hand injury and was replaced by backup Ladell Betts. X-rays revealed that Portis broke his right hand during the game. He was operated on and placed on the Redskins' Injured Reserve list three days later, on November 15 [5]. City Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Team colors Midnight Green, Black, White, and Silver Head Coach Andy Reid Owner Jeffrey Lurie General manager Tom Heckert (official) Andy Reid (de facto) Fight song Fly, Eagles Fly Mascot Swoop League/Conference affiliations National Football League (1933–present) Eastern Division (1933-1949) American Conference (1950-1952... Ladell Betts (born August 27, 1979) is a National Football League running back currently with the Washington Redskins. ...

Dogfighting Controversy

In May 2007, Portis made headlines by defending Michael Vick against accusations of dogfighting in an interview with a Virginia TV station. Portis stated, "I don't know if he was fighting dogs or not, but it's his property, it's his dog. If that's what he wants to do, do it. I think people should mind their business."[6] Michael Dwayne Vick (born June 26, 1980 in Newport News, Virginia) is an American football quarterback for the National Football Leagues Atlanta Falcons franchise. ... A dogfight or dog fight is a common term used to describe close-range aerial combat between military aircraft. ...

Trivia

  • Portis is represented by fellow University of Miami alumnus Drew Rosenhaus, one of the NFL's most aggressive player agents.
  • Portis's cousin Josh was a top recruit as a quarterback for the University of Florida, but later transferred to the University of Maryland.
  • Portis appeared on the cover of the NCAA Gamebreaker 2003 game for PlayStation 2, while playing with the University of Miami Hurricanes.
  • Portis is known for often wearing various costumes at Thursday press conferences that represent fictional characters he has developed, including personas such as "Southeast Jerome", "Coach Janky Spanky" and "Dolemite Jenkins."
  • When Portis joined the Redskins in 2004, his jersey number (26) was already taken by safety Ifeanyi Ohalete (now with the New York Dragons of the Arena Football League). Portis agreed to pay Ohalete $40,000 (in three installments) in order to get his number. When Ohalete was cut by the team during the summer, Portis thought that he didn't have to pay him the remaining installments. Ohalete felt otherwise, and eventually the dispute was settled with Portis paying him the rest of the money. Portis originally wanted to have a boxing match with Ohalete for his number 26 but Ohalete declined the challenge.
  • On the May 14th 2007 episode of a BET show titled Ballers, Portis guaranteed that the Redskins would make it to the NFC Championship Game saying "I think this year we're going to make a lot of news. We went out and got what we needed. I actually think this will be our year. We're going to be in the NFC championship game. I guarantee that. Whatever that takes, we're going to get there." [7].
  • In the 2007 movie Transformers, a pivotal character named Glen Whitmann (played by actor Anthony Anderson) wears a replica Clinton Portis Redskins away jersey throughout most of the film.

References

  1. ^ http://www.900footballlinks.net/broncosbottom.htm#2002%20COLLEGE%20DRAFT
  2. ^ http://www.900footballlinks.net/CollegeDraftPlayerNews.htm#RB%20News
  3. ^ http://www.nfldraftscout.com/ratings/profile.php?pyid=33967
  4. ^ NFL Recap. ESPN (August 13, 2006).
  5. ^ Portis Breaks Bone in Right Hand. Washington Post (November 13, 2006).
  6. ^ http://sports.espn.go.com/nfl/news/story?id=2878099/
  7. ^ Portis Talking Big. Washington Times (May 11, 2007).

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Preceded by
Anthony Thomas
NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year
2002
Succeeded by
Anquan Boldin
Preceded by
Edgerrin James
Miami Hurricanes' Starting Running Back
1999-2001 (shared with James Jackson in 1999-2000)
Succeeded by
Willis McGahee
Preceded by
Trung Candidate
Washington Redskins' Starting Running Back
2004-Present
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Clinton Earl Portis (born September 1, 1981 in Laurel, Mississippi) is an American football player who currently plays running back for the Washington Redskins of the NFL.
Portis had a much better season, proving that he can run inside as well as to the outside and was a better pass-blocker.
Portis appeared on the cover of NCAA Gamebreakers 2003 game for Playstation 2, while as a member of the University of Miami Hurricanes.
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