Different styles, eras and teams. Impossible to compare unless you want to nitpick and argue just to argue.
Portis behind the Hogs would have been scary....we saw a glimpse of it with what Timmy Smith did in SB XXll. He still holds the SB rushing record and he didn't have Portis talent. However, Riggins was a different kind of animal for defenses to handle. He was scary fast and even scarier big. You did not want to be the first one to have to hit him when he had the ball. Riggins was also the more durable back when compared to Portis. The Hogs would have taken bullets for John Riggins. They complemented each other perfectly.
One other thing.....Riggo did it for longer. He was still a full time running back at age 35-36 while racking up 46 TD's in his last 3 seasons. Portis was finished before the age of 30....or soon after turning 30.
Bottom line, Riggins is a legend, Portis was a bright star that burned out too soon.
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They were reshowing it today at 1:00 PM during their Football Life marathon. I didn't get to see it the first time around, but watching now and it's excellent.
The one thing I will say, with no shame once so ever....even as a near 30 year old male, who never had the honor of really witnessing the moments as they occured....there are two things in sports that inherently cause goosebumps to go over my skin and my eyes to tear up a bit at the pure emotion of it. Hearing the chorus of "We Want Dallas" chants before that NFC Championship game, and hearing the 70 Chip play call being made. After FINALLY having a tiny bit of that feeling during a season I actively watched, when they silenced the broadcasters and just panned around FedEx singing Hail to the Redskins on the last game of the season, I just hold onto hope that someday soon we'll have one of those moments for this generation.
Amazing job by NFL films, as always. This shows been really well done.
Watching it now. I recorded it back in November. JR was and probably always will be my favorite Redskin's player. He gave all he had on the field. He played the game like a gentleman. Great all around FB. He could run, pass catch and block.
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Most fans wish their team had the first pick in the draft each year. I would be happy with the 32nd.
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