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Leon Washington biography

Date of birth : 1982-08-29
Date of death : -
Birthplace : Jacksonville, Florida
Nationality : American
Category : Sports
Last modified : 2010-12-06
Credited as : Football player NFL, running back for the Seahawks, Pro Bowl/NFL Draft player

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Leon Washington is an American football running back for the Seattle Seahawks of the National Football League.

Came to Seattle on April 24, 2010 in a draft-day trade with the Jets. The Seahawks sent their fifth-round choice (139 overall) to New York in exchange for Washington and their seventh-round pick (236 overall).

NFL CAREER HIGHLIGHTS:

* Orginally drafted by the NewYork Jets in the fourth round (117th overall) of the 2006 NFL draft. Played for NewYork from 2006-09.
* In 2009, rushed for 331 yards on 71 carries in seven games before his season ended on October 25 due to a leg injury.
* Named to the Pro Bowl in 2008 as a kick returner after he ranked first in the NFL for most combined yards (2,332), which also set a Jets single-season record.
* Registered four career kickoff returns for touchdowns, including three in one season (2007). Both are NewYork Jet records.
* Set a career high with 274 all-purpose yards vs. Kansas City (10/26/08).
* Recorded a career-high 198 yards on kickoff returns at San Diego (9/22/08).
* Rushed for a career-long 61-yard touchdown atTennessee (11/23/08).
* Started eight games at running back as a rookie in 2006, leading the Jets in rushing with 650 yards, the fourth highest total by a Jets rookie in franchise history, and most since Clark Gaines had 724 yards in 1976.

COLLEGE:

Left school ranked 10th in career rushing with 2,041 yards. Became the only player in the Bobby Bowden era to score a touchdown five different ways (run, reception, punt return, kickoff return, and fumble return). Earned All-ACC second-team honors and was named the Seminoles’ offensive MVP by the coaching staff. Earned Gator Bowl Most Valuable Player honors in 2004 with 12 rushes for 195 yards in the Seminoles’ victory over West Virginia. Played in 10 of 12 games, while earning 10 starting assignments. Led the ACC in rushing yards per game with an average of 95.1 and finished second in the ACC with 112.5 total offensive yards per game.

PERSONAL:

Attended Andrew Jackson High School. Named 2002 Mr. Florida in football after rushing for 2,437 yards and 28 touchdowns, returning three punts and one kickoff for a touchdown, and posting 88 tackles and three interceptions on defense. Earned FloridaTimes- Union Player of theYear honors and was rated the number three prospect overall in the state of Florida by the Orlando Sentinel. Visited St. Barnabas Medical Center in Livingston, NJ, in 2006, along with 24 members of the Jets’ rook- ie class, to tour the facilities and spend time with patients in the pediatric and burn victim units. Majored in Social Sciences at FSU. Has two sons; Leon, Jr. and Noel Simon.

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