Riggo being Riggo
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Having played with John Riggins in the 80's I can tell you that he is a fabulous self-promoter. What he said about Daniel Snyder on Showtime's "Inside the NFL" about him being a "bad guy" and having a "dark heart" is just that - self promotion. And Riggo will freely admit that.
He may be a Hall of Famer but he needs to stay relevant and grow his business, and you can't blame him for that. I won three Super Bowls with the Washington Redskins, but I walk down the street today and the kids don't recognize me. Good, bad or indifferent he's doing what he thinks he needs to do to stay on the front page.
So is there any truth to what he's saying? Of course. If there wasn't people would dismiss his comments as crazy or, worse still, ignore them. Let's face it though, the Redskins aren't doing so well. Fans, myself included, are so frustrated we take notice. And Riggo is a master at fanning those flames. Whether he really believes Daniel Snyder has a "dark heart" is irrelevant. What matters is that people sit up and take notice.
And that carries over into his legacy. Riggo has always been a trendsetter, and he always got away with things that other people couldn't. He would wear camouflage shorts and cowboy boots one week, and the next week everyone else would be copying him. Sure he had his problems with alcohol, he had his problems with marriage, he had his problems with Sandra Day O'Connor, but how can you dislike Riggo? When he was outspoken and even embarrassing folks would give him a pass because it's just Riggo being Riggo. That legacy is not only intact, it's growing.
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