Holden & Danny: Clinton Portis Discusses Almost Going To UMD, And Sean Taylor
Clinton Portis joined the Holden and Danny Show on Friday morning less than 24 hours after announcing his retirement from the NFL. After an illustrious career in Washington and Denver, and finishing with 9,923 yards and 75 touchdowns, Portis was ready to move on to a new chapter in his life and signed a 1-day contract to retire as a Redskin.
Portis, a University of Miami graduate, mentioned in his retirement speech on Thursday how he had been strongly considering the University of Maryland before his mom intervened. On Friday, Holden looked for the explanation from Portis.
“My best friend played Safety at Maryland,” said Portis. “I just wanted to go where I knew someone. I knew him, and I had a great visit when I came up [to College Park]. I just thought about, well, I could see him again, but that was short lived.”
That friend was Rod Littles, also from Gainesville, Florida. Portis also mentioned how he had a strong connection with former Terps’ linebacker E.J. Henderson.
However, as we all learned on Thursday, Portis in College Park was not meant to be. Portis’ mom informed him that the only calls he was receiving from coaches were from those at the University of Miami.
The University of Miami bond was always prevalent with Portis throughout his career. It was evident in his friendship with the late Sean Taylor. Portis took the news extremely hard, harder than most. Holden Kushner asked Portis about he became friends with Taylor.
“How do you get to be friends with somebody else,” Portis asked. “You don’t really choose, you know, it all just falls into place. You think about the times and think about the moments.”
Portis also mentioned how he talked to Redskins coaches about the decision between Sean Taylor and Kellen Winslow Jr. in the draft.
“I still reflect to the day that the Redskins were thinking about drafting Kellen Winslow over Sean Taylor,” said Portis. “I told coach ‘I think Kellen is a great player, but man, if we don’t draft Sean Taylor we’re going to be missing out.”
Portis was asked what he would be doing now that he has retired and said he had a few things in the works. We’ll all have to wait and see what Portis does next.