Gene Washington
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Gene Washington in 2018
No. 84
Position:Wide receiver
Personal information
Born: (1944-11-23) November 23, 1944 (age 77)
La Porte, Texas
Height:6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)
Weight:208 lb (94 kg)
Career information
High school:George Washington Carver (TX)[1]
College:Michigan State
NFL Draft:1967 / Round: 1 / Pick: 8
Career history
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
Receiving Yards:3,237
Player stats at · PFR

Eugene Washington (born January 25, 1944) is a former American football wide receiver in the National Football League. He played for the Minnesota Vikings (1967–1972) and the Denver Broncos (1973). He wore #84 for Minnesota and Denver.

College career

A big 6'3", 208-lb receiver with great speed, he ran track as well as playing football for the Michigan State Spartans. He was the 1965 NCAA Indoor Champion for 60-yard hurdles. He was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 2011.

Professional career

He was drafted in the first round by the Minnesota Vikings in 1967 NFL draft, along with college teammate, running back Clinton Jones and future Pro Football Hall of Fame inductee Alan Page, a defensive end from the University of Notre Dame. As a rookie, Washington averaged 29.5 yards per reception. In 1968, he caught 46 passes. In 1969, he had 821 receiving yards and 9 touchdowns. Washington made the Pro Bowl in 1969 and 1970. He played in Super Bowl IV (one catch for 9 yards) after the 1969 NFL season. The Vikings were upset by the Kansas City Chiefs, 23-7, on January 11, 1970, at Tulane Stadium in New Orleans. He is the subject of the documentary, Through the Banks of the Red Cedar, written and directed by his daughter Maya Washington.


  1. ^ Hurd, Michael (2017-10-11). Thursday Night Lights: The Story of Black High School Football in Texas. ISBN 9781477310342. Retrieved 23 November 2018.
  2. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2015-06-13. Retrieved 2015-05-16.((cite web)): CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)