Fullback John Riggins announced that he has been released from the Washington Redskins. But team officials denied they had waived their all-time leading rusher.
Riggins, 36, said he met with Coach Joe Gibbs for 20 minutes Tuesday at Redskin Park to discuss his future with the team and said Gibbs told him "he'd reviewed the films and I'd lost a step."
Riggins said he responded: "I think that's absurd. . . . I want to play and play for the Redskins this year. But I understand what you've got to do, and if you've got to fire me, you've got to fire me."
Wearing a tuxedo and a somber expression at a March of Dimes banquet at a Washington hotel Tuesday night, Riggins said: "Was I surprised? No. I'd have to have my head in the sand to be shocked."