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4th and 1: My Redskins fandom and experiences with John Riggins

The reason? Well, actually there are a couple reasons. To start, No. 44 John Riggins is my favorite football player of all time. The other reason: I started my NFL career in the same exact place he did, which was with the NY Jets. To write for anything associated with his great name is indeed a huge honor for me.

I’ll never forget my first mini-camp with the NY Jets after being hired to work in the pro scouting department in 1998. I was standing on the sidelines trying to learn who was who and all the jersey numbers and suddenly Bill Parcells turns around and says, “Hey, Riggins, looks like we got ourselves a team this year?