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Born in Seneca, Kansas, USA
Birth NameRobert John Riggins
Nicknames Riggo
The Diesel
Height 6' 2" (1.88 m)

Mini Bio (1)

As one of football's most colorful personalities, John Riggins is best known for his days as a running back for the Washington Redskins. His bruising, punishing style of play wore down opponents and brought new meaning to the concept of the power running game. He is equally remembered as a renegade for sporting a Mohawk early in his career and for telling U.S. Supreme Court Justice 'Sandra Day O'Connor (I)' to "lighten up."

John was born August 4, 1949 in Seneca, Kansas as Robert John Riggins. He attended Centralia High School in the small town of Centralia, Kansas, but his skills as a football player would elevate him to the big-time. He played football for the Jayhawks at the University of Kansas, where he twice earned all conference honors and broke school records once held by NFL Hall of Famer Gale Sayers.

His professional football career began with the New York Jets, where he played for five years and generated some respectable numbers, having broken the 1,000 yard level in his final season with the Jets in 1975. The following season, he played for the Washington Redskins, but did not have a breakout year until 1978, when he eclipsed 1,000 yards rushing and repeated the accomplishment in 1979. Unfortunately, Riggins sat out the 1980 season over a contract dispute.

In 1981 Riggins said "I'm bored, I'm broke, and I'm back" and returned to play for Washington, but did not have the kind of year he had in 1979. Although his playing time was reduced by the players' strike during the 1982 season, Riggins' performance in the post season is what most likely put him in the Hall of Fame. His most memorable performance came in Super Bowl XVII with 166 yards rushing, including the game winning 43 yard touchdown run in the Redskins' 27-17 win over the Miami Dolphins.

Riggins finished out his career in Washington after the 1985 season with 11,352 career rushing yards, and was elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1992. He has since worked in broadcasting and recently started a new career in acting.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: ChargerChris

Spouse (2)

Lisa-Marie (27 June 1996 - present) (1 child)
Mary Louise O'Brien (10 May 1974 - 1991) (divorced) (4 children)

Trivia (28)

Former American Football running back who made the Pro Football Hall of Fame
Was named Most Valuable Player of Super Bowl XVII
Was elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
Ranks 8th on NFL All-Time Rushing/Receiving Touchdowns List (116).
Ranks 20th on NFL All-Time Yards from Scrimmage List (13,442).
Ranks 5th on NFL All-Time Rushing Touchdowns List (104).
Ranks 13th on NFL All-Time Rushing Yards List (11,352).
Ranks 10th on NFL All-Time Rushing Attempts List (2,916).
Tied with Eric Dickerson in leading the NFL in Rushing Touchdowns (14) in 1984.
Named to AFC squad for 1975 NFL Pro Bowl.
Led NFL in Rushing Touchdowns (24) in 1983.
Tied with Andra Franklin in leading the NFL in Rushes (177) in 1982.
Member of Super Bowl XVII Champion Washington Redskins team. Member of 1983 NFC Champion Washington Redskins team. Member of 1984 NFC East Division Champion Washington Redskins team.
Running Back for the New York Jets (1971-1975) and Washington Redskins (1976-1979 and 1981-1985).
Sat out the 1980 season over a contract dispute.
NFL Career record: 11,352 yards, 104 TDs rushing; 2,090 yards receiving; 13,435 combined net yards, 116 TDs. Super Bowl XVII MVP.
His NFL career rushing totals are 11,352 yards, with an additional 2,090 reception yards - an overall total of 13,442 positive yards from scrimmage. He also scored 104 rushing touchdowns during his career.
Playing for the Washington Redskins, he was named the MVP of Super Bowl XVII, held at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, CA. His 166 yards on 38 carries helped the Redskins to a 27-17 victory over the Miami Dolphins on Jan. 30, 1983.
Rushed for 11,352 yards and scored 116 touchdowns in his career.
Awarded the Most Valuable Player Award for Super Bowl XVII.
Attended the University of Kansas.
Inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1992.
Played for the New York Jets, 1971-1975 and the Washington Redskins, 1976-1979 and 1981-1985. Riggins sat out the 1980 season.
A former professional football player with the New York Jets and Washington Redskins, Riggins set a single-game record for rushing yardage and was named Most Valuable Player of Super Bowl XVII as the Redskins defeated the Miami Dolphins, 27-17.
Attended Centralia High School in Centralia, Kansas, which is located at 507 John Riggins Avenue
Played college football at the University of Kansas, where he was Big-Eight All Conference for two seasons.
Most Valuable Player, Super Bowl XVII
John co-hosts The Afternoon Blitz radio show with Adam Schein on Sirius Satellite Radio. [September 2005]

Personal Quotes (1)

"I'm broke, I'm bored and I'm back." On his return to the Washington Redskins after sitting out the 1980 season over failed contract negotiations.

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