Wednesday, January 8, Story Links

Read more reaction to Clinton Portis' NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year honor in today's story links.

Portis at head of his class - Denver Post - Patrick Saunders
Wednesday, January 08, 2003 - It was a rainy, damp South Florida day last winter when New York Giants general manager Ernie Accorsi watched a group of Miami Hurricanes work out for NFL scouts. What he saw that day thrilled him.

Runaway choice - Rocky Mountain News - Lee Rasizer
January 8, 2003 - In hindsight, Clinton Portis' best move didn't come during his rookie season with the Denver Broncos. It allowed his pro career to begin in the first place. His decision to enter the NFL draft as an early-entry junior might not have immediately appeared wise when Portis fell out of the first round in April.

Rookie honor goes to Portis - Daily Camera
January 8, 2003 - When coach Mike Shanahan used a second-round draft pick on Clinton Portis last April, Denver Broncos followers wondered why Shanahan needed yet another running back. The former Miami Hurricane answered those questions with one of the best seasons ever by an NFL rookie — and Tuesday he was rewarded for his efforts when he was selected as the Associated Press NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year.

Portis Earns NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year Honors - - Andrew Mason
Jan. 7, 2003 - Greatness called in 2002, and Clinton Portis accepted the charges. Accepted to the tune of Broncos rookie records in rushing yardage with 1,508 and yards from scrimmage with 1,872. Accepted to the tune of 17 touchdowns, the third-highest by any rookie running back in NFL history. Accepted to the tune of a 228-yard game in Week 17, the fourth-best by a rookie in NFL annals. Accepted to the tune of 5.52 yards per carry -- the best in franchise history.

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