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Clinton Portis wanted to go to Maryland

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If it hasn’t been a hard enough couple of weeks for Maryland football with a season-ending knee injury to starting quarterback C.J. Brown and the announcement that Danny O’Brien would be starting Week 1 for Wisconsin, Clinton Portis added some salt into the wounds.

Portis revealed Thursday at his official Washington Redskins retirement press conference that he wanted to play for the Terps.

I just remember telling my mom that I’m going to college and I’m going to the University of Maryland,” he said. “From that point on, she didn’t answer a University of Maryland football call, she threw away all the mail. And I walked into house and I said, ‘Did any of the coaches call?’ And she said, ‘Yeah, Miami.’ I said, ‘That’s it? That’s the only team that called?’ She said, ‘That’s the only one that I can remember.’ ”

From 1999 through 2001, Portis ran for 2,523 yards and 20 touchdowns with the Hurricanes and then was a second-round draft pick of the Denver Broncos.

Looking back, Portis had no regrets.

I kind of realized then that my destiny was Miami,” he said. “What I was getting myself into going to the University of Miami, I had no idea, no clue. It turned out to be one of the best decisions I ever made.”

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