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.”