The induction of former Redskins running back John Riggins into the Washington Hall of Stars at halftime of yesterday's game between the Redskins and Eagles produced one of the more emotional moments RFK Stadium has seen in some time.

When the other honorees -- Elvin Hayes, Joe Theismann and inductee Joe Judge's son -- were introduced, they walked from the sideline to midfield. Then, it was Riggins's turn. In full Redskins uniform, including pads, he bounded out of the dugout leading from the Washington locker room and ran to midfield. Diesel horns sounded, photographers converged and the crowd roared and roared.

The fit-looking Riggins said he thought up the idea a couple of weeks ago and told almost no one, including the event's organizers.

"I just felt like it would be fun for everybody, and God knows I need a warm round of applause," he said with a laugh. "So, it was one last hurrah."

Riggins said it was "my way of showing the appreciation I have for the fans," adding he didn't intend to upstage the other inductees. "We've all had a very close thing down here at RFK. And to be honest, if I'm lucky enough to be voted into the {Pro} Football Hall of Fame, unless they know something I don't, I don't think it will equal what we did this afternoon. I've found out the last five years I enjoyed the football, but I enjoyed the fans more than the football."

Riggins's last hurrah also included hugging Coach Joe Gibbs after Gibbs had returned to the sideline for the second half, and then making a visit to owner Jack Kent Cooke's box at Cooke's request.