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Clinton Portis Will Not Fight for That Inch

In the movie Any Given Sunday, Al Pacino famously says, “The inches we need are everywhere around us. They are in every break of the game every minute, every second. On this team, we fight for that inch. On this team, we tear ourselves, and everyone else around us to pieces for that inch. We claw with our fingernails for that inch. Because we know when we add up all those inches that’s going to make the fucking difference between winning and losing, between living and dying.”

Here’s Clinton Portis’ version of that (via @granthpaulsen):

“If I had the chance to [fall down at the end of my 27-yard run] again, I would do the same thing with five people around me. Maybe I could have picked up four more yards. Four more yards, I don’t think, going to determine the outcome of that game.”

In closing, CP should probably stop talking and start playing or just retire.

(Redskins Insider has more from Portis. Image via Hogs Haven.)

D.C. sports fan and digital media guy that's been doing this since 2004. Once threw a football further than Chris Cooley.



  1. Jules

    September 30, 2010 at 12:25 PM

    I think he should have tucked that ball, with both hands, in his chest and kept running. At his age there’s not a whole lot of speed to be a consideration but a few yards is a few yards. Not saying that it would have changed the game but whatever.

  2. brizcariz

    September 30, 2010 at 12:53 PM

    This is the most offensive and least excusable thing Portis has ever said on record. I have vouched for the guy for several years despite obvious decline, based on his blocking, grit, and apparent desire on gamedays. Well now he’s falling down at midfield without contact because he doesn’t want to get tackled. I am utterly disgusted by these comments and will no longer support his place on the Redskins barring a miraculous apology and change of heart.

  3. Stephen

    September 30, 2010 at 8:41 PM

    Real Talk.

  4. bk

    October 1, 2010 at 3:59 PM

    The quote aside, which I agree is inexcusable, one week everyone is watching the block on the Fred Davis reception ad nauseum and ripping him apart via photoshop the next week.

    You don’t need to learn something new about the team or a player every single week. I understand that it’s all about generating stories in the 24/7 news cycle world, but for me, stuff like this gets old, and generally skews the actual skill a player has, or lack-thereof.

    If you already felt one way or another about Portis fine…but to disown the guy based on one play this weekend when everyone was celebrating him for one play the week before is ridiculous.

    He’s the number one running back on my favorite team, and I’d call you crazy if you told me you wanted someone else on the roster getting more carries than he.

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