- There were two wide receivers in the NFL named Gene Washington; for the other, see Gene Washington (American football, born 1947)
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Gene Washington in 2018
|Born:||January 25, 1944|
La Porte, Texas
|Height:||6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)|
|Weight:||208 lb (94 kg)|
|NFL Draft:||1967 / Round: 1 / Pick: 8|
|Career highlights and awards|
|Career NFL statistics|
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.
He was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 2011.
- 1964: 35 catches for 542 yards and 5 TD.
- 1965: 44 catches for 719 yards and 4 TD.
- 1966: 27 catches for 677 yards and 7 TD.
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. He is the subject of the documentary, Through the Banks of the Red Cedar, written and directed by his daughter Maya Washington.