Ranking the top 5 running backs in Washington Commanders franchise history

Honoring the best running backs throughout the Washington Commanders' storied franchise history.

Clinton Portis
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2. Clinton Portis - Former Commanders RB

Clinton Portis was drafted by the Denver Broncos in the second round of the 2002 NFL Draft and rushed for over 1,500 yards in each of his first two campaigns in the Mile High City.

Before the 2004 season, the Broncos traded Portis to the now-Washington Commanders in a controversial swap for cornerback Champ Bailey and a second-round draft pick. The move was controversial and remains so to this day.

While Bailey went on to enjoy a Pro Football Hall of Fame career in Denver, Portis was still an exceptional player for Washington. He finished second all-time in franchise history for both rushing yards and touchdowns.

Portis played seven years in the Burgundy and Gold, finishing with over 1,000 yards rushing in four of his seasons. He made one Pro Bowl during his run as the lead back in D.C.

Injuries prevented Portis from taking a serious shot at the No. 1 spot on this list. Despite some recent legal trouble in retirement, the former Miami Hurricane star is still one of the best to ever lace up the cleats for Washington at running back.