'Little' Joe Washington
Born: Sept. 24, 1953 in Port Arthur, Texas
"Little Joe" Washington, star running back, graduated from Lincoln High School. He was coached by his father, Joe Washington, Sr. Although Little Joe grew up a UT fan (he used to salute when Darrel Royal's TV show aired), his high-school sweetheart attended Texas Women's University in Denton so Joe decided to play for the Oklahoma Sooners instead.
Called "my greatest player" by Oklahoma coach Barry Switzer during his induction to the Oklahoma Sports Hall of Fame, Washington showed he was something special from the very start. During his first scrimmage in 1972, Joe's first carry was for an 80-yard touchdown. That year, he ran for 630 yards - - all as a ball carrier from scrimmage. In 1973 he rushed for 1,173 yards.
After his junior year, Washington made every All-America team; AP, UPI, NEA, Football Writers, Walter Camp Foundation, Sporting News, and Football News. He had rushed for 1,321 yards, run returns for 512 yards, and 14 touchdowns. He was the Pigskin Club's Player of the Year and came in third for the Heisman Trophy. Washington's finest day as a collegiate athlete came on October 19, 1974, in a game against Colorado. At the end of the day, he had rushed for 211 yards in 19 carries (at 11.6 yards per carry) and made 4 touchdowns. The final score was Sooners 41, Buffalos 0.
Washington went on to play in the NFL, drafted by the San Diego Chargers in 1976. He moved to the Baltimore Colts in 1978, where he stayed through the 1980 season. He then played for the Washington Redskins from 1981 through 1984 and spent one season with the Atlanta Falcons before retiring in 1985.