A look back at Clinton Portis’ memorable first postponement
Former Washington soccer team running back Clinton Portis electrified the fan base with a long touchdown in his first game at FedEx Field.
We’re getting there, fans of the Washington football team. Training camp is getting closer with each passing day. However, while you wait, now is a good time to remember those players from franchise history who have left their mark.
So many players and the memorable plays they played deserve more recognition. Let’s go back to 2004 to find one of these special memories.
The Washington football team finally found their running back with the acquisition of Clinton Portis via trade in 2004. Drafted by the Denver Broncos in 2002, Washington has had to pay a hefty price, given the skills of the team. elite of Portis.
Washington traded champion Bailey’s corner and rights to a second-round pick (Tatum Bell). A contract dispute and hurt feelings led to trade on the Washington side, as did the desire and need for a legitimate return for the Joe Gibbs 2.0 offense.
While Clinton Portis undoubtedly lived up to expectations throughout his time with the Washington soccer team, he quickly electrified the home crowd with his first touch. To relive this special moment in franchise history, please check out the attached highlights clip from YouTube.
This particular writer was at the 2004 opening, which featured Washington and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Portis took his first hand from WFT quarterback Mark Brunell. The new running back galloped 64 yards for a touchdown, and the rest is history. Sections 104-105 were skipping and singing the fight song, as were the thousands of other fans in the stands that day.
What was spectacular about the race was that it was so run-of-the-mill in terms of layout and design. The play was a simple counter. Portis put his foot in the ground and he left for the races. Former Tampa defenseman Jermaine Phillips gave the chase, but Washington ultimately had one player, at that point, who was better than the rest.
Surprisingly, Clinton Portis’ first Washington postponement was going to show what was to come in the years to come. He could run fast, block hard and catch the ball. He was also a defining player with Santana Moss and the late Sean Taylor. All three of the trio have always been rock hard on the pitch and do whatever it takes to help the team win.
CP, as it was affectionately known, would end the 2004 season with 1,305 yards, plus 5 rushing touchdowns. He ended his seven-year tenure in Washington racking up a total of 6,824 rushing yards and 46 rushing touchdowns. Those numbers were good enough to put Portis on the list of the 80 greatest players in WFT history.
Some might say that statistics alone define a player’s worth to a team. This may be the idea of ââsome, but you could say that it goes much further than that. For Clinton Portis, a simple counterplay led to much more. Without this piece, there might never have been a “Sheriff Gonna Getcha”, “Southeast Jerome” or even a “Coach Janky Spanky”. His outgoing but robust personality matched the way he played.
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