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Clinton Portis And The Top 10 Favorite Redskins From Dan Snyder Era

Upon hearing the news that Clinton Portis is parting ways with the Redskins, I tweeted that he is my favorite player of the Dan Snyder Era. I immediately realized that this may not be saying much. Who would be my other favorites from the wealth of superior football players that have worn burgundy and gold during Snyder’s tenure?

Jamie and I discussed, and amazingly, we were able to come up with 10 names of our favorite Redskins from 1999 through today. Obviously the word “favorite” is inherently subjective and certainly takes into consideration far more than just on-field performance. Ranked in order:

1. Clinton Portis

2. Chris Cooley

3. Sean Taylor

4. London Fletcher

5. Santana Moss

6. Mike Sellers

7. Fred Smoot

8. Chris Samuels

9. Jon Jansen

10. Jason Campbell*

Other names that came out of our mouths, for better or worse: Todd Collins, Champ Bailey, LaRon Landry, Mark Brunell.

*We didn’t include him just to piss people off. Well, maybe a little.

Former Managing Editor at UPROXX; former Senior Editor at @SBNation; former ska-zine editor, fan of bad sports teams and good beer.



  1. Raven Mack

    February 28, 2011 at 12:40 PM

    Yeah, the top 4 is pretty much right on. I knew this was coming, but I think I had convinced myself they’d find a way to keep him around. I know he was one of the many abuser of the back door to Snyder’s office, but who can blame a guy if the owner gives him that freedom? Not really their fault. Godspeed Mr. Portis, I hope you start having fun again.

  2. horseydeucey

    February 28, 2011 at 12:44 PM

    I realize these are your favorite Redskins of the Nincompoop DS era, but how is ST not #1?

  3. JDobs2

    February 28, 2011 at 12:47 PM

    Missing 1 person! LaVar Arrington. I know he left on bad terms, but come on… he retired Troy Aikman!

  4. Chris Mottram

    February 28, 2011 at 12:49 PM

    “but how is ST not #1?”

    ‘Cause we like Portis more, would be the simple answer.

  5. Jamie Mottram

    February 28, 2011 at 1:07 PM

    We probably should have at least mentioned LaVar.

  6. horseydeucey

    February 28, 2011 at 1:17 PM

    That is a simple answer.

    Can I hope for a more complex one?

    Clinton Portis was good for a laugh now and then, but did he offer much more? I, for one, will never ever ever tire of watching Sean Taylor blowing dudes up on YouTube. He owned TO. He singlehandedly won games. He gave everything in to every play.

    What put Cooley and Portis ahead for you?

  7. ILM

    February 28, 2011 at 1:17 PM

    I love CP, I love 21, but the Cooley love affair needs to get a reality check. Dude is a media darling with a hot wife, but his production on the field doesn’t merit his fan fave status.

  8. Chris Mottram

    February 28, 2011 at 1:31 PM

    Cooley doesn’t produce on the field? His last two healthy seasons, he avg 80 catches and 849 yards.

  9. Jamie Mottram

    February 28, 2011 at 1:33 PM

    I’d also say with Cooley that the guy wrote for me at Yahoo, did an interview with Steinz and I for Blog Show and competed against Chris and I in a throw-off. So, yeah, he’s one of our faves.

  10. Walter Johnson

    February 28, 2011 at 2:36 PM

    #21, my favorite Redskin ever.

  11. d$

    February 28, 2011 at 5:07 PM

    i support this list, but also would have had #21 at #1

  12. Jon

    February 28, 2011 at 6:02 PM

    I can see going from Art Monk to Darrell Green, but from Darrell Green to Portis? The first two were the ultimate team players. The only team Portis cared about was his team of media characters. I, for one, am thrilled that he didn’t take down Riggo’s team rushing record.

  13. Johnny Blades

    February 28, 2011 at 6:26 PM

    drop jansen add landry at number nine and im on board

    you the man CP

  14. Jamie Mottram

    February 28, 2011 at 6:27 PM

    Jon, to quote Whitman, “I am large, I contain multitudes.”

  15. Jon

    February 28, 2011 at 7:03 PM

    W. Whitman is no J. Campbell.

  16. horseydeucey

    February 28, 2011 at 7:25 PM

    Speaking of Monk and Green. I had my ultimate Redskins moment when I went to see them inducted in the Hall. It’s a shame future generations may never get another chance like that.

  17. Walter Johnson

    March 1, 2011 at 11:03 AM

    bored today..

    1. Sean Taylor
    2. Clinton Portis
    3. London Fletcher
    4. Lavar
    5. Santana
    6. Cooley
    7. Samuels
    8. Smoot
    9. Landry
    10. Champ

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