Nate Washington
Washington with the Tennessee Titans
No. 85, 84
Position:Wide receiver
Personal information
Born: (1983-08-28) August 28, 1983 (age 38)
Toledo, Ohio
Height:6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
Weight:185 lb (84 kg)
Career information
High school:Toledo (OH) Scott
Career history
 * Offseason and/or practice squad member only
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
Receiving yards:6,954
Receiving touchdowns:44
Player stats at

Nate Washington (born August 28, 1983) is a former American football wide receiver. He was signed by the Pittsburgh Steelers as an undrafted free agent in 2005 and played on two Super Bowl-winning teams during four seasons with the Steelers. He also played for the Tennessee Titans for six seasons and the Houston Texans for one season.

Early life

Washington was raised in Toledo by his single mother, Lisha Washington.[1] Nate attended Scott High School in Toledo, Ohio, where he was named first-team all-area and honorable mention all-state as a senior.[2]

College career

Washington played college football at Tiffin University in Tiffin, Ohio, where he majored in Information Systems. He holds eight individual Dragons' 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).[3]

Professional career

Pittsburgh Steelers

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 career Super Bowl ring.

Tennessee Titans

Washington signed a six-year, $27 million deal with the Tennessee Titans on March 2, 2009.[4][5]

In the 2011 season, Titans 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 number one 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, the offense as a whole struggled 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 a team-leading 746 receiving yards and 4 touchdowns, including a 71-yard touchdown catch from Locker in week 3 against the Detroit Lions.

For the 2013 season, Washington was elected a team captain. In a week 3 game against the San Diego Chargers, he emerged as Locker's favorite target. With the Titans trailing, Washington reportedly led the team in a rally using references from the film 300. With roughly two 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 eight catches for 131 yards. For the season, Washington totaled 58 receptions for 919 yards and three touchdowns.[2]

Through the 2013 season, Washington ranked third among all active undrafted NFL players in career receiving yards behind only Wes Welker and Antonio Gates. He also ranked first among all NFL wide receivers in consecutive games played with 128.[2]

In 2014, in a week 11 game, Washington caught an 80-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Zach Mettenberger against his old team, the Steelers.[6]

Houston Texans

Washington signed a one-year, $1 million deal with the Houston Texans on April 1, 2015.[7]

New England Patriots

Washington signed with the New England Patriots on March 24, 2016.[8] On August 24, 2016, the Patriots released Washington.[9]

Personal life

Washington has two daughters with ex wife Monique Johnson [2] He gives back to his hometown of Toledo through several charities as well as charity fundraisers that he has founded, along with hosting an annual football camp.[10]

His mother, Lisha, eventually earned an associate degree from the University of Toledo and in 2010 was honored by the nonprofit Mom's House of Toledo. She is a secretary for the Lucas County Board of Developmental Disabilities.[1]


  1. ^ a b "Mom's House to recognize NFL star's mother". 6 May 2010.
  2. ^ a b c d "Tennessee Titans: Nate Washington". Archived from the original on 2018-04-03. Retrieved 2009-07-27.
  3. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2017-03-31. Retrieved 2014-11-18.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  4. ^ Loftus, Jim (March 2, 2009). "Titans sign WR Washington, DT Haye". Retrieved 2014-06-19.
  5. ^ Kuharsky, Paul (March 20, 2014). "Washington rare guy playing out long deal". Retrieved 2014-06-19.
  6. ^ "Titans' Nate Washington scores 80-yard TD after being ridiculously wide open". USA Today.
  7. ^ "WR Nate Washington signs with Texans". April 1, 2015. Archived from the original on 2016-03-04. Retrieved January 9, 2016.
  8. ^ Sessler, Marc (March 24, 2016). "New England Patriots sign receiver Nate Washington". Retrieved March 24, 2016.
  9. ^ Reiss, Mike (August 24, 2016). "Patriots to release center Bryan Stork, WR Nate Washington". Retrieved August 24, 2016.
  10. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2014-11-29. Retrieved 2014-11-18.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)