Burgold Posted March 5, 2011 Share Posted March 5, 2011 While listening to 106.7, Lavar bemoaned the fact that CP was getting one day's attention and then most of the Washington sports world turned its attention to the continuing trial of Albert Haynesworth. He thought that CP was not getting his due and as the Redskins' second leading rusher and the face of this team for so many years that the guy was getting short shrift by the fans. Now, I didn't see that on ES, but I suppose it may be true under the lens of talk radio. In any case, I do agree that CP deserves more than one day's worth of thought and appreciation. However, he lost me when he said that CP deserves the same tribute and respect we would have given to a Monk, Green, or Riggo and that CP stood on their level in Redskins' lore. Clinton Portis does not stand on that level. Some of it is not his fault. It's not Clinton's fault that he was never part of greatness or got to hold aloft that trophy or throw up a fist at a Superbowl. The others did. For me, it is the combination of great fetes and great memories that make the legend. No Redskin player ranks with Clark, Monk, Green, Theismann, Rypien, Butz, Mann, Olkiewitz, etc. We've certainly had some better athletes in the past twenty years, but a great player is far more than stats. It's ultimately about memories. It's about moments. When I close my eyes and think Redskins I don't see Moss, Cooley, Portis, or even Sean Taylor. Taylor is John Kennedy. We revere him more for his potential than what he actually did on the field. The dream of what Sean Taylor could have been will always be greater than the player who roamed the field. And that's as it should be. Monk and Riggo will always be better than they were. CP, because he was not part of a great team will never be put in their pantheon... at least in my book. The things we forgive Riggo for because of his ring and that one glorious fourth down run muddies Portis' image. So yes, Portis deserves our respect and our respects, but despite his numbers Lavar is wrong. He isn't an all time great and shouldn't be expected to be treated like one. He didn't create enough memories on the field. He didn't have enough moments. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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