Clinton Portis has been working hard. He ran a race against LaRon Landry. He showed up to some voluntary workouts. He signed a fat new contract with the Redskins. Now he’s getting ready for another facet of his game…the press conference.
That’s right, now you can vote to determine which zany character Clinton Portis will dress up as for a press conference next season. Each character has their own little bio and personality. Personally, I like the dentist (he did Strahan’s teeth!) with the Ultimate Fighter coming in as a close second. Fortunately, confidential sources have revealed that the additional characters will NOT require separate contracts and will have no effect on the salary cap. Whew!
The question remains, is this a distraction for the team? Is it harmless fun? Is it a boost for morale? The Washington Post has hinted that some teammates resent the special attention he receives; does this rub it in even more? Only the other players can say for certain, but I’d tend to think that it’s more on the harmless fun side. Clinton has always shown care to only pull out the characters when the team is performing well which is an important factor.
All too often these days we see players on the losing end of a 43-7 drubbing and dancing little celebratory happy dances when they get a first down. Clinton Portis isn’t like that. He truly does want to win. So I say let him have his goofy characters. They’re cute and silly and they give him a little personality. As long as he doesn’t go too overboard, what’s the real harm?
In other more serious news, Redskins Draft Pick Malcolm Kelly will be leading a group of private citizens to Liberia to help the medical relief effort out there. At a time when his peers are out buying mansions and sports cars and drinking and partying and — yes — oversleeping and showing up late to a new job, this young man is leading a delegation to Africa to try to save lives. You can read more about it here. I was originally going to post a picture of one of Portis’s characters to headline this article, but I think Mister Kelly has earned a little face time. He’s shown above, catching what I hope will be the first of many passes as a Washington Redskin.
Finally, as I mentioned earlier, the Redskins have now signed rookie defensive end Rob Jackson, seventh round pick out of Kansas State. Let’s hope he pans out since we could certainly use the help to our d-line. Four of our ten draft picks have signed and with luck the other six will fall into place soon enough.