Mark Washington (cornerback)
Washington in 2011
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|Date of birth:||December 28, 1947|
|Place of birth:||Chicago, Illinois|
|Height:||5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)|
|Weight:||188 lb (85 kg)|
|High school:||Chicago (IL) Harlan|
|NFL Draft:||1970 / Round: 13 / Pick: 335|
|* Offseason and/or practice squad member only|
|Career highlights and awards|
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|Player stats at PFR|
Mark Henry Washington (born December 28, 1947) is a former professional American football cornerback in the National Football League. He played for ten seasons with the Dallas Cowboys and the New England Patriots. Washington won two Super Bowls while playing for the Cowboys in 1971 against the Miami Dolphins, and 1977 against the Denver Broncos.
Washington attended Chicago's John Marshall Harlan Career Academy, before receiving a scholarship to play for Morgan State University. He was coached by Earl Banks, who at the time sent many of his players to professional football. He became a four-starter at cornerback and received All-CIAA honors as a senior.
Washington was selected by the Dallas Cowboys in the 13th round (335th overall) of the 1970 NFL Draft. Even as a rookie, he was one of the best athletes on the team and showed his big play potential with a 100-yard kickoff return for a touchdown against the Washington Redskins. He also blocked an extra point in Super Bowl V.
When Herb Adderley retired in 1973, he had a chance to earn the left cornerback starting job, but he was passed over by Charlie Waters. After Waters struggled, he replaced him the next year and started 6 games.
In 1975, he was the starter for the full season (14 starts) and helped the Cowboys reach Super Bowl X. But he is mostly remembered for his play against Lynn Swann, who finished the game with four receptions for a then Super Bowl record 161 yards, one touchdown and became the first wide receiver to earn Super Bowl MVP honors. Washington had covered Swann like a blanket on all 4 receptions, but Swann was able to make amazing catches each time in spite of the excellent coverage. Swann was like a Baryshnikov in cleats, having taken ballet lessons as a child to supplement his athleticism.
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