Tony Washington (offensive lineman)

Tony Washington (born February 17, 1986) is a gridiron football offensive tackle for the Montreal Alouettes of the Canadian Football League (CFL).[1]

Tony Washington
No. 67     Montreal Alouettes
Born: (1986-02-17) February 17, 1986 (age 35)
New Orleans, Louisiana
Career information
StatusActive
CFL statusAmerican
Position(s)OT
Height6 ft 7 in (201 cm)
Weight320 lb (150 kg)
CollegeAbilene Christian
High schoolAlcee Fortier
Career history
As player
20102011Dallas Vigilantes
2011Calgary Stampeders
2012Allen Wranglers
20122013Toronto Argonauts
20142017Edmonton Eskimos
20172018Hamilton Tiger-Cats
2018–presentMontreal Alouettes
Career highlights and awards
Career stats

Early lifeEdit

On May 9, 2003, Washington pleaded guilty to prohibitive sexual conduct after having consensual sex with his sister, Caylen. At the time, he was 16, and she was 15. Washington was processed as an adult and put in jail; he was released after one month. As a result of the charge, he is a registered sex offender.[2][3][4]

High School and College careerEdit

Washington played one year of high school football as a junior while living in New Orleans. That year, he was awarded with all-league honors as a member of the Alcee Fortier High School football team.[5] His family moved to Texas after Hurricane Katrina struck New Orleans. After graduating from high school, Washington did not plan to attend college. He decided to go to college, however, after a car salesman suggested he continue his football career. He then enrolled at Trinity Valley Community College in Athens, Texas.[6] While at Trinity Valley, Washington was named to the 2007 all-Southwest Junior College Football Conference first team.

Washington then attended Abilene Christian University, playing on the football team for two years. Both years he was voted the Lone Star Conference Offensive Lineman of the Year.[5]

Professional careerEdit

Though Washington excelled at the NFL Scouting Combine workouts he was undrafted.[1] He was very agile and quick for a lineman, running the 40-yard dash in 5.09 seconds.[5] After leaving school, Washington played for the Dallas Vigilantes of the Arena Football League (AFL) for two years before signing with the Calgary Stampeders in 2011. He was signed by the Toronto Argonauts of the Canadian Football League on July 4, 2012, where he won his first Grey Cup.[1]

Washington was traded to the Edmonton Eskimos from the Argos in May 2014. In his first three seasons in Edmonton he started in 48 games for the club, including the 2015 Grey Cup championship victory. Following the 2016 season Washington signed a contract extension with the Eskimos.[7] He was released by Edmonton on August 7, 2017,[8] and was immediately signed by the Hamilton Tiger-Cats.[9]

On July 22, 2018 Washington was traded with teammate Landon Rice to the Montreal Alouettes in the blockbuster Johnny Manziel deal.

Washington re-signed with the Alouettes on a one-year contract extension on December 16, 2020.[10]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b c Cruickshank, Scott (June 19, 2011). "Controversial lineman grateful for second chance in Calgary". The National Post. Retrieved November 10, 2011.
  2. ^ "The Mag Archives: When the NFL doesn't give second chances". ESPN.com. 25 August 2010.
  3. ^ Mitchell, Bob (24 August 2012). "Toronto Argos lineman Tony Washington seeks to overcome sex offender stigma" – via Toronto Star.
  4. ^ Sullum, Jacob (July 2011). "Perverted Justice". Reason. Retrieved November 10, 2011.
  5. ^ a b c "Tony Washington, OT". CBS Sports. Retrieved November 10, 2011.
  6. ^ Glock, Allison (August 31, 2010). "Unforgiven". ESPN The Magazine. Retrieved November 10, 2011.
  7. ^ "Eskimos sign OL Washington to extension - Article - TSN". TSN. 2016-12-14. Retrieved 2016-12-16.
  8. ^ Campbell, Dave; Mertz, Emily. "Edmonton Eskimos release veteran Tony Washington". Global News. Retrieved 7 August 2017.
  9. ^ Chidley, David (8 August 2017). "Ticats Release Elliott, Kilgore; Sign Washington". CFL Enterprises. Retrieved 8 August 2017.
  10. ^ "Adams Jr. restructures deal with Als; team retains WR Eugene Lewis". CFL.ca. December 16, 2020. Retrieved December 17, 2020.

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