Well, we waited about as long as we could for the Clinton Portis interview to materialize. We simply cannot keep the numbers frozen at #25 forever.
#26 - Clinton Portis
There are some choices at #26, but for my money, Clinton Portis gets the nod. When he came here, he replaced Trung Canidate as our featured back. So not only was he coming in as a hot commodity based on the numbers he put up in Denver, he was coming in to breathe new life into a running game that had been left to wither under Spurrier's watch. Like many of you out there who play Madden, I have always enjoyed the fantasy draft feature of the game. Going back to the time when he was a Bronco, I always put him on my Redskins squad. When the news of his acquisition was made, all I could think about was all those hours of Madden I had spent watching him in a Redskins uniform. And he did not wait to impress the Redskins' faithful. He took his first carry 64 yards to the house on opening day. All I could think from my seat in the stands that day was who we would face in the Super Bowl--for the next 5 years.
Well...we never got there. But you can't pin that on #26. If he stays healthy this year, he will most likely overtake Riggo as the franchise's all-time leading rusher. He has 9,202 career yards, and 72 career rushing touchdowns. I have said it here before and I will say it again--I do think this player makes it to the Hall of Fame. If CP manages just two more average years in his career, he would be closing in on 12,000 yards and 90+ touchdowns. From a numbers perspective, he is likely (barring career-ending injury) to get into that top-10/top-15 neighborhood. If this team can put a playoff run together one of these years, he could really earn some of the votes he will need to get into the Hall.
That alone should get me into a heap of trouble with a lot of you out there. Better that though than an army of Danny Copeland fans giving me a hard time. Either way, I am looking forward to that trip to Canton.