Junkies: Riggins Didn’t Love Football But He Loved The Fans

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Hall of Famer and Washington Redskins legend John Riggins. (Credit: Evan Agostini/Getty Images)

Hall of Famer and Washington Redskins legend John Riggins. (Credit: Evan Agostini/Getty Images)

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When you have a legend in the D.C. area like John Riggins making surprise call-ins to your radio show, you know you’ve truly arrived as titans in the industry.

That’s exactly what happened when the Junkies picked up the phone for the Hall of Fame running back Wednesday.

Hours removed from hosting the Redskins great as a guest while filming Table Manners, the Junkies were startled to hear Riggo on the other end of the line after, admittedly, thinking they rubbed him the wrong way the night before.

“It’s just like everything else,” Riggins told the Junkies on 106.7 The Fan. “I had never met you guys before and you guys, hey listen, you don’t have any problem getting in peoples’ faces. So it takes a little while to figure out the ground rules, but I thought we had some nice moments last night.”

He lauded the Junkies for their work ethic saying he hopes people can appreciate how hard it is to do four hours of radio immediately followed by hours of television and all the prep that goes into it.

“I’ll tell you what guys, I know how hard that work is and you guys are on top of your game,” Riggins said.

Riggins clarified the main reason he decided to call in unannounced, was because he felt he left the television taping on a strange note.

“I felt like Jason probably didn’t get any sleep last night because he’s still trying to figure out why I didn’t love football,” Riggins said. “The truth of the matter is, yes, I did play for the money but really I played for the fans, because that was my motivation. I am an entertainer and I love a crowd and I just like to show off. The only way I could get a crowd is I had to carry a football.”

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