Joe Gibbs recently posted an interview on his website with Clinton Portis. The interview centers around Portis’ relationships with Sean Taylor and Coach Gibbs. I recommend checking out the entire interview, here’s a few of the highlights:
Playing for Joe Gibbs:
It was the best thing that ever happened to me. But I will say that Gibbs ran us into the ground! Coach Gibbs taught me how to become a man and to take responsibility for your actions both on and off the field. I have the greatest respect for him as a person and all the hard work and dedication that he put in- not only as a coach, but also as a mentor and friend. He would always give his honest opinion and had the ability to talk to you without being judgmental. He cared about his players more as people then he did about us winning games. Don’t get me wrong…he loved winning too. He got the best out of you when it came to football, but I think it came from how much his players respected him.
His relationship with Sean Taylor:
The way that Sean developed as a player and how he grew to trust Coach Gibbs was just outstanding. He never complained and always worked hard. For example if it was hot outside then he would go outside and run in a full sweat suit and if it was cold he would come out in shorts and a t-shirt and fight through the chills. You would never hear Sean give excuses like it’s too hot or too cold. I remember one day I came in to work out and Sean was there dressed in jeans, flip-flops and a sweater. He said that he would run with me so I didn’t have to work out by myself. So he ran 100’s with me and when we were done running I find out that it was his third time working out that day. He had run with every group that came in to work out that day. He was just that kind of guy
Hearing about Taylor’s death:
I remember getting a knock on my door at 6 a.m. and I could tell as soon as I saw Mr. Snyder’s [owner of the Redskins] face through the peephole that this was not news that I wanted to hear. I opened the door and Mr. Snyder was crying and before he could say anything I said, “Don’t tell me that.”
And Mr. Snyder replied, “He’s gone.”
I felt like this was all a bad dream and this couldn’t actually be happening. There is so much that goes through your mind when you get news like that. When you start to reflect on your last moments or last conversation with that person you feel like there is so much that you wish you had said, so much that you wish you could have done, should have done, etc.
Portis goes on to say he’s still keeping in shape for another shot at playing or in order to look good in front of a camera. I wish him nothing but good luck.
Cheers and Hail
Posted by fatpickle Date: Wednesday, April 18, 2012
I’m not sure who said that quote first, but I use to hear it on the Greaseman show back in the day…spoken by the one and only Don King. Ha Ha. But speaking about back in the day, and speaking of greatness, a special event is coming to RFK featuring the dynasty that was the 80′s-90′s Washington Redskins.
It’s called the Gridiron Gala, and judging from what I’ve seen about this event, I’d give half my c&%k to be there. First of all it starts with a tailgate party outside of legendary RFK stadium. That’s cool enough, because you haven’t tailgated at RFK in a long time unless your a soccer fan…or the last time you did there was no cornhole!
Later, the party moves inside RFK, where the honoring of those great Skins players fully begins. Break bread and rub elbows with Gibbs, Clark, Theismann, and Rypien to name a few. It’s a fantasy camp of your all-time favorite Skins for the cost of an NFL game ticket…in 1983!
There’s also a Madden Gaming Challenge in which you could win the chance to play Chris Cooley in Madden 10. I personally would beat Chris using the Redskins and only using pass plays to Chris Cooley, and talk shit the whole time. Talk shit like “hey Chris, how’s Madden Chris Cooley’s ass taste?” But…that’s just me. Maybe you’ll beat him using only Clinton Portis’s running plays.
Here’s a preview of the Gala, and you can also get updates moving forward on Facebook and Twitter.
Cheers and Hail
Posted by fatpickle Date: Monday, June 22, 2009
What does the Cowboys/ Redskins rivalry mean to me? Very simple….everything. It’s the good guys against the bad guys. The blue collars against the white. It’s the greatest rivalry in professional sports! George Allen, a journeymen coach arrived in Washington in the early 70′s with his brand of football. He had no time for rookies. Just give him veteran players with something left in the tank, and something left to prove and we will be successful. Oh, one other problem….he also knew that to be successful with the Redskins, he had to beat the Dallas Cowboys. And so it began. It just seems that over the years they have been a tuxedo and we have been a pair of brown shoes. We had pickups they had BMW’s. We had something to prove and they had what we wanted.
My greatest memories of the rivalry? I have many but I will share my favorite. It was during the second Joe Gibbs era. It was Monday night September 19, 2005. My cousin Herman and I were at our local watering hole. We had been suffering a few dismal years in the rivalry. The Skins were down 13-0 and couldn’t do a damn thing on offense. Some guy at the end of the bar got up to go to the bathroom and in passing, said something that did not sit well with us. Words were exchanged which led to pushing and shoving. After the altercation was broken up, the bar divided, things got settled down and the game went on. The guy left, but vowed that he would be back. And he did, he came back wearing a Cowboy’s jersey with several other Cowboys fans. We we got into again, this time the result was the Cowboys fans were asked to leave and not come back. Two long passes later we win 14-13! The remaining Redskin’s fans in the bar all cheered and hugged one another and all was good.
Posted by fatpickle Date: Tuesday, November 11, 2008
In 1981 Gibbs and Buges joined forces with the Skins. Soon after, The Hogs were born. Buges took guys that were old, undrafted, and undersized, and made them the meanest, baddest, mfer’s in the league.
Posted by fatpickle Date: Thursday, October 30, 2008
Who would have thought that the Redskins would out coach the Cowboys? Jim Zorn came out with a great game plan, and his play calling was awesome. For the first time in 4 years, I have no idea what the Redskins are going to do on offense. During Gibbs 2, I could guess the next play 75% of the time. On the other hand, the Cowboys ran the ball only 8 times to Barber, and Felix Jones got ZERO carries. The Cowboys also had a crucial penalty, having 12 men on the field. This happened after a timeout! That’s COACHING! And you can tell that the coaches listened to TO’s whining. They tried to force the ball into his hands, and it just was not there.
I have to give props to the defense, excellent game. Portis ran strong, Cooley blocked hard, Tana is amazing, and JC is playing at an unbelievable level. Hip, Hip, Hooray!
Lets take care of business this week in Philly, and show everyone why this team is not only good, it is special! We play physical, we win!