Former Redskins running back Clinton Portis will announce his retirement at a news conference Thursday afternoon at Redskins Park, the team announced Tuesday.
Portis, whom the Redskins released in March 2011, ranks second on the franchise’s career rushing yards list. His 6,824 rushing yards are 648 behind the leader, Hall of Famer John Riggins.
Portis played for Washington from 2004-2010. He earned a reputation as a tough runner willing to absorb a pounding. He relished contact as an outstanding pass blocker. In the end, he lost his burst as the pounding caught up with him.
Off the field, he was one of the more mercurial players to ever wear a Redskins uniform. Whether he was dressing up in costumes for his weekly media availability or ripping coach Jim Zorn on the radio, Portis’ media sessions were appointment viewing/listening.
The Redskins on Friday are adding 10 players to the franchise’s 10-year-old list of 70 greatest players. Portis is a lock to make the new, expanded list. The names will be revealed at the Welcome Home Luncheon.