Discussion Board
Welcome Guest! You can login or register. Login or Register.

Options
Go to last post Go to first unread
Heatherthepackgirl  
#1 Posted : Monday, November 3, 2008 2:36:36 PM(UTC)
By DENNIS WASZAK Jr. 3 days ago

FLORHAM PARK, N.J. (AP) Growing up, Leon Washington was always told he wasn't big enough.

Too small to play with the older kids. Too small to be any good at football. Too small to make it in the NFL.

"I just never got down on myself," the New York Jets' 5-foot-8 do-it-all running back said Thursday.

And, boy, are the Jets happy about that. A special teams captain in his third season, Washington is too quick and elusive to be tackled by any doubts.

"When you're a smart guy and you're a small guy, your heart doesn't pump Kool-Aid," Washington said, flexing his bulky biceps. "It can't pump Kool-Aid. That's one thing my dad always told me, that having heart can overcome a lot of things."

So can blazing speed. Washington put on a clinic in versatility last weekend, piling up 274 all-purpose yards while having a hand in all four touchdowns in the Jets' 28-24 win over Kansas City.

Brett Favre said he has never played with someone so dangerous in so many ways.

"I don't know that anyone would step into an offense and be as productive after returning kicks the way he does," Favre said. "He's dynamic. He's very smart. Versatile is an understatement with him. He's quick as a cat. He's just got great hands. I could go on and on."

Washington, who set a team record with three kickoff returns for touchdowns last season, ranks third in the NFL with 27.6 yards per kickoff return, and fifth with 13 yards per punt return. He also has 155 yards rushing and two touchdowns, and 22 catches for 153 yards and a score.

Last Sunday, the fan favorite had an 18-yard catch-and-run for a score, a 60-yard touchdown run, took a short pass on third-and-8 and got a first down that led to a TD two plays later, and returned a punt 37 yards to help set up the go-ahead touchdown.

"It kind of took me back to high school, the last time I had a chance to make a lot of plays like that in different phases of the game," said Washington, a fourth-round pick in 2006. "I just love playing football, love making plays and if I can help this team win, I'm down for it. Whenever I get the ball, I'm appreciative."

And so are his teammates sometimes a little too much.

"You get caught looking at him and you're like, 'Oh, I've got to keep blocking,'" wide receiver Chansi Stuckey said with a laugh.

Veteran fullback Tony Richardson compared Washington to former Chiefs teammate Dante Hall, a college running back who was converted into a wide receiver and Pro Bowl kick returner.

"You can put Leon in multiple positions and multiple situations," Richardson said. "To me, he's the ultimate pro."

As a rookie, Washington got to know his way around the practice field, taking countless penalty laps for mistakes on returns. He showed significant improvement last season and then worked all offseason with new special teams coordinator Kevin O'Dea, who spent the previous two years with Chicago and All-Pro returner Devin Hester.

"We caught a lot of balls in the offseason," Washington said. "That's what we did, so I'm feeling comfortable fielding the ball and making plays."

Favre said the only thing Washington can't do is block New England linebacker Adalius Thomas, whose sack of the quarterback with little Leon sandwiched between them in Week 2 was a humorous hit on the highlight films.

"Yeah, that's probably the only thing I need to improve on, blocking a 300-pound guy," Washington said, smiling. "That was pretty bad. I think they had it in the newspaper the next day, so I had to deal with that. We'll get better at that."

Improving has been a steady theme for Washington since those days growing up in Jacksonville, Fla., when he was several inches shorter and 40 pounds lighter than most kids his age.

"I just tried to make everybody miss," he said.

Washington grew a little and filled out a bit by the time he got to Florida State, where he was part of a crowded backfield that included current NFL players Lorenzo Booker and Greg Jones. Washington stayed on the field by carving a niche on special teams.

"It was something I enjoyed doing and it gave me an opportunity to make plays to help the team win," he said. "I think that in the NFL has helped me out, too."

He also showed the ability to shake off adversity, suffering shoulder injuries in his sophomore and junior seasons. The first cost him four games when his shoulder was dislocated on a hit by current Jets teammate Wallace Wright on a punt return in the season opener against North Carolina.

"I nicked him up a little bit," Wright said with a bashful grin. "That was years ago. Everything's good now."

Especially when Washington's got his legs moving, leaving anyone trying to stop him far behind.

"The guy," Favre said, "he's an unbelievable player."
CDNRodgersfan  
#2 Posted : Monday, November 3, 2008 11:44:28 PM(UTC)
This little guy has been exciting to watch on the Jets as Brett. And that's saying something
Rss Feed
Users browsing this topic
Guest
Forum Jump
You cannot post new topics in this forum.
You cannot reply to topics in this forum.
You cannot delete your posts in this forum.
You cannot edit your posts in this forum.
You cannot create polls in this forum.
You cannot vote in polls in this forum.

Notification

Icon
Error

Fan Shout
beast (10m) : MM said those that aren't practicing today (I believe Bulaga/House) probably aren't gonna play against the Bears.
beast (11m) : Panky too... who is listed as a G/T, but I think he was 3rd string LT in the preseason
uffda udfa (16m) : Bakh is back at practice and is in line to play. Bulaga and John the only other T's. McCray?
Mucky Tundra (20m) : So uh, do we actually have any OTs left? Like, real ones and not practice squad fodder?
Zero2Cool (2h) : Vince Lombardi, on protesters, from 1970: ‘They have a right to say what they want, and it behooves us to listen.’
uffda udfa (2h) : Kyle Murphy to IR for Ulrick John
Zero2Cool (6h) : Bass Pro's $4 billion acquisition of Cabela's is complete, but it leaves a small western Nebraska town in suspense:
Zero2Cool (7h) : "Aaron Rodgers is keeping Mike McCarthy employed the same way AJ Green keeps Andy Dalton employed.” - @LeBatardShow
Zero2Cool (8h) : King, Kendricks and Bennett.
gbguy20 (9h) : which packers sat during the anthem?
Porforis (19h) : Noooo, not Goode!
Zero2Cool (23h) : The #Packers place Brett Goode on IR and re-sign LS Taybor Pepper
Zero2Cool (23h) : Packers signing Ulrick John to active roster off Cardinals practice squad today, according to a source
Porforis (23h) : Agreed. HOW ABOUT THEM PACKERS?!
greengold (23h) : i.e. keep politics out of football!
greengold (23h) : Let the players who want to honor the flag along with the vast majority of fans do so. Don't celebrate those who don't.
greengold (23h) : Rule, practice, suggestion? Whatever supposedly changed in 2009. Go back to the way it was. Let the players who want to honor the flag an
Zero2Cool (23h) : Roethlisberger regrets Steelers' decision to skip anthem
Zero2Cool (23h) : Chmura: "#Packers by 10-14. The Bears already played their good game. I have absolutely no fear for Thursday's game."
Zero2Cool (23h) : The NFL Rulebook does not mention the anthem.
Zero2Cool (23h) : There is no rule.
greengold (25-Sep) : The NFL needs to enforce the rule or get rid of the rule.
greengold (25-Sep) : Players stood for the National Anthem long before 2009. There just was no *rule* requiring them to stand.
steveishere (25-Sep) : How many fans are in the restroom taking a dump or in line for nachos during anthem. Same people probably mad at players
Porforis (25-Sep) : Yup.
Zero2Cool (25-Sep) : You know why
Porforis (25-Sep) : NFL players weren't even on the field for the anthem until 2009 - Why all of a sudden is not participating such a big deal?
Zero2Cool (25-Sep) : Former Seahawks/Packers HC Mike Holmgren on President Trump: “He’s uninformed”.
steveishere (25-Sep) : Funny how you were apparently fine with seeing guys who abuse women or do/sell drugs out there but god forbid they kneel lol
steveishere (25-Sep) : you had 1 foot out the door since Favre left anyways... bye
dhazer (25-Sep) : well so much for watching Packer games, I saw the 3 sitting on the bench and i turned the channel to the race, No more NFL games for me
beast (25-Sep) : Who are the longshots? Jags? Saints? Redskins? and who?
SINCITYCHEEZE (25-Sep) : Buckeye closing in on 4 Longshots in Pickem today....Son you need to hook me up we could make a killing on some parlays next weekend. Lol
beast (25-Sep) : Bears ran it 60% of the time...
beast (24-Sep) : Bears tried hard to give it away, but Steelers couldn't take it
Please sign in to use Fan Shout
2017 Packers Schedule
Sunday, Sep 10 @ 3:25 PM
SEAHAWKS
Sunday, Sep 17 @ 7:30 PM
at Falcons
Sunday, Sep 24 @ 3:25 PM
BENGALS
Thursday, Sep 28 @ 7:25 PM
BEARS
Sunday, Oct 8 @ 3:25 PM
at Cowboys
Sunday, Oct 15 @ 12:00 PM
at Vikings
Sunday, Oct 22 @ 12:00 PM
SAINTS
Sunday, Oct 29 @ 12:00 AM
- BYE -
Monday, Nov 6 @ 7:30 PM
LIONS
Sunday, Nov 12 @ 12:00 PM
at Bears
Sunday, Nov 19 @ 12:00 PM
RAVENS
Sunday, Nov 26 @ 7:30 PM
at Steelers
Sunday, Dec 3 @ 12:00 PM
BUCCANEERS
Sunday, Dec 10 @ 12:00 PM
at Browns
Sunday, Dec 17 @ 12:00 PM
at Panthers
Saturday, Dec 23 @ 7:30 PM
VIKINGS
Sunday, Dec 31 @ 12:00 PM
at Lions
Think About It
Think About It
Recent Topics
1m / Green Bay Packers Talk / Barfarn

8m / Green Bay Packers Talk / Barfarn

27m / Green Bay Packers Talk / sschind

51m / Around The NFL / PackFanWithTwins

56m / Green Bay Packers Talk / PackFanWithTwins

2h / Green Bay Packers Talk / nerdmann

4h / Green Bay Packers Talk / wpr

5h / Around The NFL / Smokey

5h / Green Bay Packers Talk / wpr

5h / Green Bay Packers Talk / Smokey

5h / Green Bay Packers Talk / beast

8h / Green Bay Packers Talk / Zero2Cool

16h / Green Bay Packers Talk / Porforis

17h / Green Bay Packers Talk / nerdmann

23h / Green Bay Packers Talk / sschind

Headlines