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Dewayne Washington
DeWayneWashington 2002.jpg
Washington in 2002.
Position(s)
Cornerback
Jersey #(s)
20, 30
Born December 27, 1972 (1972-12-27) (age 37)
Durham, North Carolina
Career information
Year(s) 19942005
NFL Draft 1994 / Round: 1 / Pick: 18
College North Carolina State
Professional teams
Career stats
Interceptions 31
INT Yards 569
Touchdowns 4
Stats at NFL.com
Career highlights and awards
  • No notable achievements

Dewayne Neron Washington (born December 27, 1972 in Durham, North Carolina) is a former American football cornerback in the National Football League. He played for the Minnesota Vikings (19941997), the Pittsburgh Steelers (19982003), the Jacksonville Jaguars (2004), and the Kansas City Chiefs (2005) . He was a first-round pick (18th overall) in the 1994 NFL Draft from North Carolina State University.

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Amateur years

Washington played high school football at Northern High School in Durham, North Carolina, where he earned All-American honors from Sporting News, SuperPrep, and USA Today in 1989. After high school Washington attended North Carolina State, grabbing 3 interceptions his junior year. As a senior, Washington led the team with 4 interceptions, and also recorded 66 tackles (51 solo) as a co-captain.

Pro career

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Minnesota Vikings

Dewayne Washington started all 16 games for the Minnesota Vikings as a rookie in 1994. Washington recorded 75 tackles (69 solo), and had 3 interceptions for 135 yards and 2 touchdowns as a rookie. Dewayne Washington was named defensive rookie of the year by College and Pro Football Weekly and earned All-Rookie honors from Pro Football Weekly and Pro Football Writers of America. The Vikings won the NFC Central Division with a 10-6 record, but lost in the first round of the 1994 NFL playoffs.

In 1995, Washington played in only 15 games, recording 62 total tackles (57 solo), and had 1 interception for 25 yards. For the next 10 NFL seasons, he did not miss a game and he played in a total of 191/192 possible regular season games during his career.

In 1996, Washington recorded 75 tackles (72 solo). He had 2 interceptions for 27 yards and a touchdown that year.

In 1997, he had 84 tackles (74 solo). He had 4 interceptions that year for 71 yards, but no touchdowns. Washington was a starter for a Vikings that entered the 1997 NFL playoffs as a wildcard team, upsetting the New York Giants in the first round before falling to the San Francisco 49ers in the divisional playoffs.

Pittsburgh Steelers

On February 25, 1998, the Pittsburgh Steelers signed Dewayne Washington as an unrestricted free agent. 1998 proved to be Dewayne's best season in the NFL. In his first season with the Pittsburgh Steelers, Washington had 93 tackles (82 solo). He had 5 interceptions for 178 yards and 2 touchdowns that year. These would be the last interceptions Washington would return for touchdowns in his career.

In 1999, Washington had a career low of 52 tackles (50 solo). However, he did manage to record 4 interceptions.

In 2000, Washington had 78 tackles (70 solo). He matched his career high with 5 interceptions, returning them for 59 yards. On July 19, 2001, the Pittsburgh Steelers re-signed Dewayne Washington to a multi-year contract.

In 2001, he had 77 tackles, but only 1 interception for 15 yards. He helped Steelers win the AFC Central with a 13-3 record, advancing to the AFC Conference Championship, where they were defeated by the New England Patriots.

In 2002 he had only 54 tackles, and a career low 46 solo tackles. With a record of 10-5-1, the Steelers lost in the divisional round of the playoffs.

In 2003 Washington began to show signs of aging. That year, he had only 55 tackles (51 solo). He had only 1 interception for the second consecutive year, returning it for only 7 yards. This would be the end of Washington's six-season career in Pittsburgh.

Jacksonville Jaguars

On February 27, 2004, the Pittsburgh Steelers officially cut Dewayne Washington, making him a free agent eligible to sign with any team. On March 9, 2004, the Jacksonville Jaguars signed Dewayne Washington to be a nickel back, however he proved he could still play full time. In 2004, Washington put up his old stats again recording 77 tackles (72 solo). He recorded 2 interceptions, however gained 0 yards on returns. This was Washington's last season as a starter.

Kansas City Chiefs

In training camp before the 2005 NFL season, the Kansas City Chiefs signed Washington to a one year-contract. Washington's signing was considered less significant due to the possibility of signing Ty Law before he signed with the New York Jets. Dewayne played almost always on special teams, recording 10 tackles, 9 being solo. Despite a 10-6 record that included 4000 yards passing by Trent Green and 1700 yards rushing by Larry Johnson, the Chiefs failed to make the playoffs. For the first season in his career, Washington went without an interception and only started one game. In his career, Washington recorded 31 interceptions and recovered 7 fumbles. He returned four interceptions and two fumbles for touchdowns. Washington has started all 8 playoff games he has appeared in.

Personal

Dewayne is married and currently has three children.

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