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#44 John Riggins - RB

John Riggins Career NFL Stats 1971-1985
G
RATT
YARDS
YPR
RTD
REC
RECYARDS
RECTD
TOUCHES
SCRIMMAGE
TOTTD
175
2,916
11,352
3.9
104
250
2,090
12
3,166
13,442
116

 

 

John Riggins Childhood

Robert John Riggins, nicknamed ‘The Diesel’, was born on August 4, 1979 in Centrailia, KS. He is the son of Mildred and Franklin Riggins. Growing up in the small town of Centrailia, John and his older brothers participated in a variety of sports. He loved to play sports but the Hall of Fame running back didn't love the game of football. He stuck with it only because he was good at it.

 

 

John Riggins High School Stats and Awards

Riggins attended Centrailia High School. He was a three-sport athlete as he played football, basketball and ran track. He was a star in all three. John received All-State honors in basketball and All-American honors in football. In track he won state gold in the 100 meter relay. When it came to continuing his football career, Riggins stayed in-state and accepted a scholarship to the University of Kansas.

 

 

 

 

Awards and Achievements
MVP
All-Pro

1st Team: 1983

Pro Bowl Selections
1975
Rushing Titles
Achievements

Super Bowl Champion

XVII

Super Bowl MVP

XVII
NFL Comeback Player of the Year 1978
Member of 1980s All-Decade Team

 

John Riggins College Stats and Notes

Riggins played for Kansas from 1968-70. He rushed for 2,659 yards and 19 TDs during his college career. He led the Jayhawks to a 1969 Orange Bowl appearance. Riggins was an All-American and a two-time All-Big Eight selection.  

 

 

 

 

 

John Riggins NFL Career Stats and Notes

Riggins was selected 6th overall in the 1971 NFL Draft by the New York Jets. The Diesel spent his first five seasons in the league with the Jets before signing with the Washington Redskins. He spent ten years with the Redskins and led them to two Super Bowl appearances. His punishing style of running earned him the nickname ‘The Diesel’. Riggins retired after the 1985 season and was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1992.

 

 

 

 

 

John Riggins Super Bowl XVII MVP Performance

There were so many great moments Sanders created during in his illustrious career, but one that stands out was a Monday Night game for the ages. On September 19, 1994, in a game billed as a duel between two of the best running backs in the game, Sanders and the Lions took on Emmitt Smith and the defending Super Bowl Champion Dallas Cowboys in Texas Stadium.

The game didn’t disappoint as it was a tight contest throughout, and neither did the running backs. Smith rushed for 143 yards on 29 carries and caught 7 passes for 49 yards. Sanders outdid him, gashing the vaunted Cowboys' defense for 194 yards on 40 carries. His performance helped the underdog Lions pull off a 20-17 upset win in OT on the road.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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