The Washington Redskins have carved out a bit of time to recognize Clinton Portis on Thursday afternoon. Redskins owner Daniel Snyder will host a press conference for the former running back to officially announce his retirement from the game.
From 2004-2010, Portis made his mark with the Redskins as a hard runner and fearless pass protector.
Redskins coach Mike Shanahan has about as much familiarity with Portis as anyone. He drafted him out of Miami and featured Portis in his offense for two seasons. Following the 2003 season, Shanahan traded Portis to Washington for Champ Bailey and a second-round draft pick.
Shanahan was then reunited with Portis when he was hired to coach the Redskins in 2010. Shanahan on Wednesday was asked for his recollections of Portis’s career, and he noted memories both from the early and later years.
“I had him in Denver and drafted him,” Shanahan said. “I remember taking a look at him and I said, ‘This guy is probably the most physical back I’ve ever been around.’ The way he would pass protect, he was just so tough. It didn’t matter if it was a linebacker or a defensive lineman; he was going to stick his face in there. He never held back anything. He did such a great job running for us and had so many good plays. When I say ‘us,’ at that time I was in Denver. When he came here, even though it was the end of his career, he was still as tough as he always was. He was a natural leader. I really enjoyed being around him.”