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|Born:||September 24, 1953|
|Height:||5 ft 9 in (1.75 m)|
|Weight:||179 lb (81 kg)|
|High school:||Abraham Lincoln|
(Port Arthur, Texas)
|NFL Draft:||1976 / Round: 1 / Pick: 4|
|Career highlights and awards|
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Joe Dan Washington, Jr (born September 24, 1953) is a former American football running back in the National Football League (NFL) for the San Diego Chargers, Baltimore Colts, Washington Redskins, and Atlanta Falcons.
Washington graduated from Lincoln High School in Port Arthur, Texas where his father coached football. Washington had a stellar college football career at the University of Oklahoma where he was a two time First-team All-American and finished third in the Heisman Trophy balloting in 1974 and fifth in 1975. He finished his career at Oklahoma with 4,071 career rushing yards. He is a member of the College Football Hall of Fame.
Washington was drafted fourth overall in the first round of the 1976 NFL Draft by the Chargers. A month prior to the start of the 1978 season, he was traded to Baltimore for Lydell Mitchell. Washington was with the Colts when he made his lone Pro Bowl appearance in 1979. He led the NFL that season with 82 receptions for 750 yards, and had 242 carries for 884 yards and seven touchdowns.
His most memorable performance was on September 18, 1978 in Baltimore's 34–27 victory over the New England Patriots on Monday Night Football, when he had a hand in three of the four touchdowns scored by the Colts in a fourth quarter in which both teams combined for 41 points. He helped lead off the scoring by throwing a 54-yard option pass to Roger Carr. Washington followed that up with a 23-yard touchdown catch from Bill Troup. Washington broke a 27–27 deadlock by scoring the game-winner on a 90-yard kickoff return in a driving rainstorm. It was scored in the final seconds of the game after the Patriots came back from 27–13.
He remains the only NFL player to ever throw a touchdown, catch a touchdown and return a kickoff for a touchdown in a single game.
Washington was reportedly the only player who did not wear the 1982 Redskins logo on his helmet. He used the logo the Redskins had used from 1972–1981 and 1983 to present.
Washington retired with 4,839 rushing yards and 3,413 receiving yards and 30 touchdowns in his career.
He had worked as a financial adviser for Wells Fargo. With former basketball player Julius Erving, Washington fielded a NASCAR Busch Series team from 1998–2000. In May 2007, Washington returned to the University of Oklahoma, to serve as the special assistant to the director of athletics/executive director of the Varsity O Association.
- Klingaman, Mike. "Catching Up With...former Colt Joe Washington," The Toy Department (The Baltimore Sun sports blog), Wednesday, November 25, 2009.
- Baltimore Colts 34 at New England Patriots 27; Monday, September 18, 1978 – Pro-Football-Reference.com.
- Pockrass, Bob (January 31, 2014). "NFL and NASCAR: Former NFL stars who dabbled in stock-car racing". Sporting News. Archived from the original on May 22, 2013. Retrieved March 2, 2014.
- "Joe Washington biography". The Official Site of Oklahoma Sooner Sports. Retrieved July 15, 2019.