Monday, July 1, 2013

Clinton Portis played with concussions 'all the time'

File photo of Washington Redskins running back Clinton Portis taking break during their NFL game against the St. Louis Rams in Landover

Former Washington Redskins running back Clinton Portis played nine seasons in the National Football League before officially deciding to retire last August.

Any running back who plays that long in the league is bound to take a beating to their body. And Portis admits that he definitely did. But the 31-year-old also claims that he played through "numerous" concussions during his playing career.

"The truth is I had a lot of concussions," he said. "It was just the way things were at the time. I'd get hit hard and be woozy. I'd be dizzy. I'd take a play off and then go back in. Sometimes when I went back into the game, I still couldn't see straight. This happened all the time. Sometimes once or twice a game."

When asked how many concussions he believed he experienced, Portis put the number above 10, but said he really didn't know for sure.

“I can’t put an exact number on it,” he adds. “I just know it was a lot. I stopped counting at some point.”

The league has faced tremendous scrutiny in recent years as former players have expressed their displeasure in the way concussions were handled in their playing careers. However, Portis seems to be enjoying his life after football, spending time with his kids, and relaxing at the beach, among other things. His transition from the NFL to retirement is an example that not all former players struggle to adapt to the real world after football.

"I have a few aches and pains," he said, "nothing major. None of the, 'I can't stand up or walk' stuff. I got away from the game at the perfect time. To be 31 and retired and spending time with my kids, I love it."

Portis says he has no intentions of coming back, either.

"No way," he said, "I'm done. I'm staying retired. Life is too good."

Portis ran for 9,923 yards and 75 touchdowns in his career. He averaged 4.4 yards per carry and 87.8 yards per game.

Via CBS Sports

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