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John Riggins
Riggins in 1993 when he was a member of the Redskins.
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Running back
Personal information
Date of birth: (1949-08-04)August 4, 1949
Seneca, Kansas
Career information
College: Kansas
NFL Draft: 1971 / Round: 1 / Pick: 6
Debuted in 1971 for the New York Jets
Last played in 1985 for the Washington Redskins
Career history
Career highlights and awards
  • Pro Bowl selection (1975)
  • 1x All-Pro selection (1983)
  • NFL 1980s All-Decade Team
  • 70 Greatest Redskins
  • Super Bowl XVII MVP
  • Super Bowl champion (Super Bowl XVII)
  • Washington Redskins Ring of Fame
  • 10,000 Rushing Yards Club
  • 1978 NFL Comeback Player of the Year
  • 1983 Bert Bell Award
  • 1992 Inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame
Career NFL statistics
Rushing yards 11,352
Average 3.9
Total TDs 104
Stats at
Pro Football Hall of Fame

Robert John Riggins (born August 4, 1949 in Seneca, Kansas) is a retired American football running back who used to play for the New York Jets and Washington Redskins of the NFL. He was nicknamed "The Diesel". He won Super Bowl XVII with the Washington Redskins where he was also the MVP and is a member of the Redskins Ring of Fame. He was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1992.

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