Gene Washington (American football, born 1944)

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There were two wide receivers in the NFL named Gene Washington; for the other, see Gene Washington (American football, born 1947)
Gene Washington
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Gene Washington in 2018
No. 84
Position: Wide receiver
Personal information
Born: (1944-01-25) January 25, 1944 (age 74)
La Porte, Texas
Height: 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)
Weight: 208 lb (94 kg)
Career information
College: Michigan State
NFL Draft: 1967 / Round: 1 / Pick: 8
Career history
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
Receptions: 182
Receiving Yards: 3,237
Touchdowns: 26
Player stats at
College Football Hall of Fame

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 (1973–1974). He wore #84 for Minnesota and Denver.

College career

A big 6'3", 208 lbs receiver with great speed, he ran track as well as playing football for the Michigan State Spartans.

He was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 2011.

  • 1964: 35 catches for 542 yards and 5 TD.[1]
  • 1965: 44 catches for 719 yards and 4 TD.
  • 1966: 27 catches for 677 yards and 7 TD.

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 (1 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.


  1. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2015-06-13. Retrieved 2015-05-16.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)

External links

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