Clinton Portis thinks Dan Snyder is the best owner in sports

AP

Dan Snyder hasn’t had a lot of on-field success as owner of the Redskins, with just three winning seasons since he bought the team in 1999. But Clinton Portis sees something in Snyder that many fans don’t.

Portis has been a longtime defender of Snyder, and in announcing his retirement on Thursday, Portis gushed about what Snyder has meant to him. On Twitter on Thursday, Portis wrote that Snyder is the best owner in sports.

Snyder had similarly high praise for Portis, calling him “a Hall of Fame running back,” and “someone I know very well, and I’m proud to call him my friend and a great Redskin.”

Here’s video of Snyder and Portis from Thursday’s press conference:

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23 responses to “Clinton Portis thinks Dan Snyder is the best owner in sports

  1. Say what you want about Snyder’s tactics, but the guy wants to win at any expense. I would take that over an owner who treats his team like a business and can only see $$ every time.

  2. Say whatever you want, At least Dan isn’t afraid to use his checkbook to help the on the field product unlike most owners. The biggest difference now is that football guys tell him when he can unlike his stooge Vinny Cerrato who was the ultimate yes man and never cared for future effects of foolish purchases.

  3. If Snyder was willing to win at any expense, the key word in that phrase being “win,” then he should have hired a good GM to handle personnel decisions several years ago. Snyder is a buffoon in the same club as Jerry Jones.

  4. When an owner over pays for washed up free agents I can certainly see how the players would like him.

  5. Both of these guys have serious dellusionment issues. Portis is and was average and Snyder would kill to be average. No, Snyder does not want to win at any expense. He is the typical nitwit who thinks one can throw money at something and get results. Throwing money at something isn’t the end-all be-all. All Snyder sees is $$. Anyone that would sell t-shirts for a pre-season match-up between Luck and RG3 is a money-grubbing idiot which is what Snyder is!

  6. humbleminded85 says: Aug 24, 2012 11:21 AM

    Albert Haynesworth, Adam Archelleta, Bruce Smith, Deion Sanders, and many more would strongly agree with Portis.
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    You have a point, just not really. While Haynesworth, Archuleta, Smith, and Sanders were all really poor decisions by the Washington front office, Portis has nothing in common with those guys. Actually, to be fair, one thing in common: trading Champ Bailey for Portis was a remarkably poor decision by the Redskins front office.

    However, unlike the other four guys on that list, Portis worked his hardest to try to make that trade worthwhile. Realistically, it was an impossible task: Champ is a first-ballot hall of famer; Portis is not, and no matter how hard he tried, Washington would have always gotten the short end of the straw in that deal.

    However, Portis deserves all the credit in the world for trying to give Snyder a good return on his investment. And that makes him the complete antithesis of Fat Albert, Archuleta, and Donny McNabb, who were happy to take Snyder’s money, but made no effort to repay him on the field.

  7. I get so sick of people saying the Champ Bailey trade was a bad trade. It wasn’t. As much as I loved Bailey when he was in Washington, and as great as he is, he wouldn’t have made a difference for this Redskins team over the past decade.

    Portis did make a difference, played his heart out, and dragged the team to the only two playoff berths in the past decade.

    What has Bailey done in Denver? He hasn’t helped them win anything more than Portis did here. Everytime I see him play he gets burned, but looking at his reputation while in Denver I guess I have to concede to people who watch him every game.

  8. Why are people so bitter in their comments, if you have nothing positive to say please keep it to yourself. Clinton was a great back, and a devastating blocker wow, wish him the best bro.

  9. Portis himself will tell you he was a much better overall player with the Skins than with the Broncos.

    Look at his numbers in 2004, 2005, 2007, and 2008 when he was carrying the entire offense with well over 300 carries each year.

    Everyone knew he was the guy to stop in D.C. and most of the times teams still couldn’t do it.

  10. I wish I had a boss like Snyder. I could go half hearted in my job, claim I was too sick or hurt to work, and still collect huge paychecks.

    No wonder the players love him.

  11. I get so sick of people saying the Champ Bailey trade was a bad trade. It wasn’t. As much as I loved Bailey when he was in Washington, and as great as he is, he wouldn’t have made a difference for this Redskins team over the past decade.

    Portis did make a difference, played his heart out, and dragged the team to the only two playoff berths in the past decade.

    What has Bailey done in Denver? He hasn’t helped them win anything more than Portis did here. Everytime I see him play he gets burned, but looking at his reputation while in Denver I guess I have to concede to people who watch him every game.
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    Not to diminish Portis’ achievments, but Bailey is a better player and a future hall of famer. The point of shutdown corners is that they shut their man down, essentially taking both players out of the game, so he never really made the highlight reels, but that doesn’t mean he isn’t one of the greatest of all time at his position.

    To be fair, a corner can’t singlehandedly carry their team into the postseason like a runningback can, but keeping Champ around would have prevented Washington from picking Carlos Rogers in the next draft, freeing them to take Aaron Rodgers, DeMarcus Ware, a juiced-up Shawne Merriman, , Thomas Davis, or Roddy White and also potentially avoided the Jason Campbell years.

    Playing shoulda, coulda, woulda games with NFL history is a waste of everybody’s time, but making the case that Portis helped DC more than Champ would have is equally silly.

  12. It is easy to bash someone who swings and misses more than he hits. I would rather go through that than an owner who won’t even swing.

  13. travishenryskid says: Aug 24, 2012 11:16 AM

    Say what you want about Snyder’s tactics, but the guy wants to win at any expense. I would take that over an owner who treats his team like a business and can only see $$ every time.
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    Well said travis… Most fans of other teams wish they had an owner like Dan S. He isn’t afraid to spend big $ to put quality players on the field and really cares about his team. He was a life-long Redskins fan growing up too. I have respect for him and Jerry Jones too (I hate the Cowboys) but Jones is a good owner too. Hail!

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