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Category: Football, Hall of Famers

Highlights: Hall of Fame running back John Riggins played for the New York Jets (1971-75) and Washington Redskins (1976-85). He was MVP of Super Bowl XVII.

Travels From: Virginia

Fee Range: $10,001 - $20,000

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John Riggins is a retired NFL running back who played from 1971-85. A 1992 inductee into the Pro Football Hall of Fame, Riggins played for the New York Jets from 1971-75 and the Washington Redskins from 1976-1985 (minus 1980 when he sat out). His career was unusual in that it blossomed late; Riggins led the NFL in rushing touchdowns in back-to-back years from 1983-84 when he was 34 and 35 years old. He holds NFL records for most rushing touchdowns after age 30 and is the oldest player in NFL history to have a season with 1,300-plus rushing yards, which he did in 1983. That same year he was also named NFL All-Pro. Riggins had five 1,000-plus rushing yard campaigns in his career and was New York’s team MVP in 1972 and 1975, with the latter year being his only Pro Bowl appearance.

In 1983’s Super Bowl XVII, Riggins was named the game's MVP behind a 166-yard performance and a touchdown as the Redskins beat Miami, 27-17. Riggins was named NFL Comeback Player of the Year in 1978 after another 1,000-yard season. In 1990, he was inducted into the Redskins Ring of Honor and, in 2007, his alma mater Kansas, where he earned All-American honors, did the same. Riggins retired after the 1985 season and wrapped his career with 11,352 rushing yards and 104 touchdowns. He was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1992. After his playing days, Riggins worked as a television and radio sports commentator.

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