Nate Washington

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Nate Washington
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Washington at 2009 Titans training camp.
No. 85     Tennessee Titans
Wide receiver
Personal information
Date of birth: (1983-08-28) August 28, 1983 (age 31)
Place of birth: Toledo, Ohio
Height: 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m) Weight: 183 lb (83 kg)
Career information
High school: Toledo (OH) Scott
College: Tiffin
Undrafted in 2005
Debuted in 2005 for the Pittsburgh Steelers
Career history
Roster status: Active
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics as of Week 11, 2013
Receptions 344
Receiving Yards 5,251
Receiving TDs 37
Stats at NFL.com

Nate Washington (born August 28, 1983) is an American football wide receiver for the Tennessee Titans of the National Football League. He was signed by the Pittsburgh Steelers as an undrafted free agent in 2005. He played college football at Tiffin University after graduating from Toledo's Scott High School.

College career[edit]

Washington played college football at Tiffin University, where he majored in Information Systems. He holds eight individual Tiffin University receiving records, including records for receptions in a game (13), yards in a game (299), receptions in a season (70), yards in a season (1,428), touchdowns in a season (16), career receptions (212), career yards (4,214), and career touchdown receptions (47).

Professional career[edit]

Pittsburgh Steelers[edit]

Signing with the Pittsburgh Steelers as an undrafted free agent in 2005, Washington became the first Tiffin University player in the modern era to play in the NFL. His first career reception came in the 2005 AFC Championship Game against the Denver Broncos.

He was the Steelers' slot receiver throughout the 2006 season, and started two games after injuries to Hines Ward.

A restricted free agent in the 2008 offseason, Washington resigned a one-year, $1.417 million tender offer on April 16, 2008. In Super Bowl XLIII, Washington had one catch for 11 yards on his way to winning his second Super Bowl Ring.

Tennessee Titans[edit]

Washington signed a six-year, $27 million deal with the Tennessee Titans on March 2, 2009, having replaced his original agent shortly before signing the new contract.[1][2]

In the 2011 season, top receiver Kenny Britt tore his medial collateral ligament (MCL) and anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) in the third game against the Denver Broncos, leaving Washington as the #1 receiver. Washington finished the year with career-highs in receptions (74), yards (1,023), and touchdowns (7) as the Titans finished 9-7, missing the playoffs due to a tiebreaker with the Cincinnati Bengals.

In the 2012 season, Nate Washington saw a slight decline in production. The offense as a whole was struggling to find any rhythm with quarterback Jake Locker suffering a shoulder injury that affected his play all year and running back Chris Johnson getting off to a slow start. Washington finished the year with 746 receiving yards and 4 touchdowns(this included a 71 yard touchdown catch from Jake Locker in week 3 against the Detroit Lions)

For the 2013 season, Washington was elected as a team captain taking on an important leadership role for the team. In a week 3 game against the San Diego Chargers, Nate Washington emerged as 3rd year quarterback Jake Locker's favorite target. With the Titans trailing, Washington reportedly led the team in a rally (using references from the film 300). With roughly 2 minutes left on the clock, Washington helped drive the ball 94 yards which resulted in a touchdown pass with 15 seconds left in the game. The Titans won their home opener 20-17 with Washington contributing 8 catches for 131 yards.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Loftus, Jim (March 2, 2009). "Titans sign WR Washington, DT Haye". NFL.com. Retrieved 2014-06-19. 
  2. ^ Kuharsky, Paul (March 20, 2014). "Washington rare guy playing out long deal". ESPN.com. Retrieved 2014-06-19. 

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