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January 21, 1992 | BOB OATES, TIMES STAFF WRITER
He is most often remembered for two memorable performances: --In the 1983 Super Bowl at the Rose Bowl, on fourth and one in the fourth quarter, he won the game for the Washington Redskins with a 43-yard touchdown run. --Two winters later, seated with Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor and others at a black-tie dinner in Washington, he suggested: "Loosen up, Sandy baby. You're too tight."
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October 21, 2001 | Mal Florence
John Riggins, Hall of Fame running back who played for the Washington Redskins, doesn't pull his punches when criticizing Redskin Coach Marty Schottenheimer on television and radio. "I definitely think he's lost the players. I don't see how he's going to hang onto these guys. He's mucked things up so bad [that] he doesn't even have any talent to bail himself out to possibly get 'em back. ... They could lose all 16 games."
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September 1, 1992 | From Staff and Wire Reports
Hall of Fame running back John Riggins was cleared of a charge of driving under the influence of alcohol in Arlington, Va.
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January 30, 1999 | EARL GUSTKEY, Times Staff Writer
Like Alan Ameche and Larry Csonka on NFL championship teams past, John Riggins showed the football world 16 years ago what a difference a big, fast running back can make. Riggins blasted his way to a Super Bowl-record 166 yards in 38 carries and led the Washington Redskins to a 27-17 victory over Miami at the Rose Bowl. The difference-making play was Riggins' fourth-down 43-yard touchdown burst with 10:09 to play. It gave Washington its first lead, 20-17.
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January 26, 1986
The Washington Redskins signed quarterback Joe Theismann to a two-year contract and issued a qualifying contract to John Riggins to protect their rights to the running back.
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January 11, 1991 | From Staff and Wire Reports
Former Ram Jack Youngblood; Bob Brown, who played for the Rams and the Raiders; L.C. Greenwood, and Lynn Swann head the list of 15 final nominees for induction into the Pro Football Hall of Fame Jan. 26. Also nominated: Earl Campbell, John Riggins, John Hannah, Jan Stenerud, Lem Barney, Carl Eller, John Mackey, Stan Jones and Ken Stabler. Non-players being considered are Raider owner Al Davis and Tex Schramm.
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August 11, 1985
The Washington Redskins are expected on Monday to sign John Riggins to the richest one-year contract ever for an NFL running back. Team sources said the contract will pay close to $850,000. The previous one-year high for a running back was the $737,000 O.J. Simpson received from the San Francisco 49ers in the late '70s. Riggins, a 13-year veteran, made $695,000 last season.
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October 29, 1998
Career averages of six great running backs in Super Bowls (Jim Brown averaged 3.9 yards per carry in NFL championship games): 1. Walter Payton: averaged 2.8 yards 2. Franco Harris: averaged 3.5 yards 3. Tony Dorsett: averaged 5.2 yards 4. Emmitt Smith: averaged 4.1 yards 5. Chuck Foreman: averaged 2.3 yards 6. John Riggins: averaged 3.6 yards Source: World Features Syndicate
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October 29, 1998
Career averages of six great running backs in Super Bowls (Jim Brown averaged 3.9 yards per carry in NFL championship games): 1. Walter Payton: averaged 2.8 yards 2. Franco Harris: averaged 3.5 yards 3. Tony Dorsett: averaged 5.2 yards 4. Emmitt Smith: averaged 4.1 yards 5. Chuck Foreman: averaged 2.3 yards 6. John Riggins: averaged 3.6 yards Source: World Features Syndicate
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September 1, 1992 | From Staff and Wire Reports
Hall of Fame running back John Riggins was cleared of a charge of driving under the influence of alcohol in Arlington, Va.
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August 2, 1992 | BOB OATES, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Rainstorms have been drenching northeastern Ohio for a month. The Canton area took more than 11 inches of rain in July--within half an inch of the record for the month--and Friday it poured again. But when Raider owner Al Davis got up Saturday morning and headed for the Pro Football Hall of Fame, there wasn't a cloud in sight. "That was no coincidence," a friend said. "It didn't dare rain on Al."
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January 21, 1992 | BOB OATES, TIMES STAFF WRITER
He is most often remembered for two memorable performances: --In the 1983 Super Bowl at the Rose Bowl, on fourth and one in the fourth quarter, he won the game for the Washington Redskins with a 43-yard touchdown run. --Two winters later, seated with Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor and others at a black-tie dinner in Washington, he suggested: "Loosen up, Sandy baby. You're too tight."
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January 11, 1991 | From Staff and Wire Reports
Former Ram Jack Youngblood; Bob Brown, who played for the Rams and the Raiders; L.C. Greenwood, and Lynn Swann head the list of 15 final nominees for induction into the Pro Football Hall of Fame Jan. 26. Also nominated: Earl Campbell, John Riggins, John Hannah, Jan Stenerud, Lem Barney, Carl Eller, John Mackey, Stan Jones and Ken Stabler. Non-players being considered are Raider owner Al Davis and Tex Schramm.
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August 12, 1985 | United Press International
John Riggins, the bull-like running back and mainstay of the Washington Redskins' ground attack, ended his three-week holdout today by signing a one-year contract reportedly worth nearly $1 million. Specifics of the pact were not released, but reports said Washington owner Jack Kent Cooke offered Riggins, the NFL's oldest running back, a one-year pact just under the $1-million mark. Riggins was seeking a one-year package of about $1.4 million.
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December 19, 1987 | TOM FRIEND, Washington Post
Redskin running back George Rogers said this week that John Riggins criticized him last Sunday "probably just to get attention" and that Riggins, the former Redskin star runner, isn't "qualified to talk about my running at all." Rogers, who made those statements while hunched in front of his locker, conceded he's heard Riggins' comments before. "He's always talking about me," Rogers said. "If it ain't one thing, it's another.
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November 1, 1987 | United Press International
Maybe George Rogers could solve his problems by telephoning Supreme Court Associate Justice Sandra Day O'Connor with the message: "Loosen up, Sandy baby." Or Rogers should consider standing at midfield and making a deep bow to the crowd. Or getting a mohawk haircut. But Rogers is not John Riggins, whose job he assumed on the Washington Redskins two years ago. And that, Rogers says, is part of his problem.
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