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Posted at 04:17 PM ET, 08/22/2012

Clinton Portis issues thank you note to fans


Portis runs against the Houston Texans at FedEx Field on September 19, 2010 (Larry French - GETTY IMAGES)
Former Washington Redskins running back Clinton Portis, the second-leading rusher in team history, will officially announce his retirement from professional football at a 2:30 p.m. new conference Thursday at Redskins Park.

Portis issued a thank you letter to his fans Wednesday,. It follows in its entirety :

I entered this city wide-eyed and excited. I was a 22-year old kid who didn’t know the storied history or the timeless legacy that is The Redskin Nation. What I did know was that I was called upon to deliver more than just touchdowns. I was brought here to work alongside a great group of teammates to uplift the spirits of an organization, a community, and the best fans in the world.

Today, I hang up my jersey and untie my cleats. I reflect on my time here as some of the best times I can remember and hope that it is as memorable for you as it is for me. I want to thank my teammates, my family, and my fans for all the love and support and for allowing me to grow from a boy into a man in a city that I will forever love.

A special thank you to Mr. and Mrs. Snyder for everything they have done for me and my family, Coach Shannahan for giving me the chance of a lifetime, and Coach Gibbs for making me a man. LOVE YOU ALL!

Redskin Nation Forever HTTR

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