Jersey Monday: Clinton Portis

You may have heard, the Redskins made a pretty big trade, moving up to the No. 2 pick to likely draft Robert Griffin III, finally solving their quarterback problems forever. Just like in 2004 when they traded for Clinton Portis, solving their running back problems forever.

Oh, wait, that's not how that worked out at all. Portis is now out of the league, and the player traded for him -- Champ Bailey -- is still going strong in Denver.

OK, so it wasn't exactly like that. Portis had some pretty good years in Washington before his legs gave out on him, including a 1,500-yard season in 2005 and a 1,400-yard season in 2008, the last non-losing season for the Redskins. Despite having been traded for Bailey, who was my favorite player on that teams, Portis became one of my favorite Redskins, in part because of his Miami ties (I have a general affinity for players from the '00-04 era Hurricanes).

Since Portis didn't play at all last season, and wasn't entirely productive the previous two, this jersey hasn't gotten much run in recent years. Hopefully a new RG III jersey will get a little more life out of it -- like say 12 years and a couple Lombardi Trophies.

Jersey Monday will continue every Monday until I run out of jerseys to spotlight. And since I’ve got more than 190 of them, that could be awhile (assuming I remember to blog regularly again).

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