John Riggins was one of the best running backs in the history of the New York Jets and Washington Redskins franchises. In college with the University of Kansas Jayhawks, Riggins was an absolute beast, winning two All-Big Eight Conference first-team selections and winning a Big Eight Conference championship in 1968. During his college career, Riggins finished with 2,659 yards, which broke Gale Sayers’ school rushing yards record. After his stellar college career, Riggins was drafted by the New York Jets with the 6th overall pick in the 1971 NFL Draft.
Soon after he was drafted Riggins made a big impact, becoming the first Jet to lead the team in rushing and receiving yards. With his backfield mate, Emerson Boozer, Riggins tore up the league, and against the New England Patriots, rushing for 168 yards along with 150 from Boozer. In 1975, Riggins broke franchise records, rushing for over 1,000 yards and becoming the first Jet in franchise history to break the 1,000-yard mark. That same season, Riggins was selected for his only Pro Bowl and was named Jets’ team MVP. In 1976 Riggins signed with the Washington Redskins and rushed for over 1,000 yards in 1978 and 1979. Riggins would rush for fewer yards in the coming season but he continued to make an impact with his touchdown totals. In Super Bowl XVII, Riggins ran for a then-record 166 yards and was named Super Bowl MVP. In 1983, Riggins had his best season, winning the Bert Bell Award and was named All-Pro at the end of the season. In the Super Bowl that year, Riggins rushed for 64 yards and a touchdown during the Redskins loss against the Los Angeles Raiders.
Riggins proved throughout his career that he was a dominant rusher and a great scorer with both the Washington Redskins and New York Jets. Fans of both teams can celebrate their great back with some of our awesome sports memorabilia items. Our autographed John Riggins memorabilia always comes with our certificate of authenticity so you can be confident when you buy from us. Make the wise investment in John Riggins memorabilia today before the value of these collectibles increases!
Collecting John Riggins MemorabiliaJohn Riggins Autographed Photos: With so many amazing moments in his career, John Riggins photos do an amazing job of capturing the amazing running back in action. Redskins fans, look for our extremely rare goal line art of John Riggins that includes his signature and “HOF 92” inscription. These collectibles come with our certificate of authenticity and will look great on your home display.