Kelley Washington

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Kelley Washington is a National Football League wide receiver for the New England Patriots. Kelley goes by his middle name; his first name is James. He was born on May 1, 1981. He is 6 foot 3 and weighs 218 pounds. Had a Arts and Sciences major at the University of Tennessee.

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High School Football

He started at safety, punter and quarterback while attending Sherando High School in Stephens City, Virginia. He passed for 1,887 yards and 20 touchdowns as a senior and on defense had nine interceptions[1].

Minor League Baseball Career

Kelley Washington was drafted in the 10th round of the 1997 baseball draft by the Florida Marlins and spent four years (1997-2000) playing minor league baseball for them. He played both shortstop (three years) and third base (one year). His career in baseball ended in 2000 when he left the Marlins to attend the University of Tennessee.... His total batting average for 1997 through 2000 was 213[2].

College Football Career

Kelley Washington had a stunning junior season with the University of Tennessee Volunteers in 2001 when he caught 64 passes for 1010 yards and 5 touchdowns. That year he also a semifinalist for the Biletnikoff award (college footballs best wide receiver award). He was know as one of college football's most explosive wide receivers.... Was hurt in his 2002 senior season and only appeared in four games. Finished his college career with the Volunteers statistical totaling 87 receptions for 1453 yards and 6 touchdowns[3].

NFL Career

In 2003 Kelly Washington was drafted in the third round of the NFL draft by the Cincinnati Bengals. In his rookie he played in all sixteen games with the Bengals and caught 22 passes for 299 yards and four touchdown. In his second season with Cincinnati he once again played in all sixteen games. He finished 2004 with 31 receptions for 378 yards and 3 touchdowns. However, unfortunately for the Bengals and Kelley, Washington's 2005 and 2006 seasons were marred by injures and his production dropped to a total of 19 receptions for 216 yards and 2 touchdowns. Also as a direct result of his injures he only played in a total of 12 games (out of a possible 32) from 2005 - 2006. After the 2006 season he became a free agent and was signed by the New England Patriots on March 12, 2007[4]. The deal he signed with the Patriots is worth seven million dollars over a five year contract period[5]. He will wear number 15 with the Patriots.

References

  1. http://utsports.cstv.com/sports/m-footbl/mtt/washington_kelley00.html
  2. http://utsports.cstv.com/sports/m-footbl/mtt/washington_kelley00.html
  3. http://www.nfl.com/draft/profiles/washington_kelley
  4. http://www.boston.com/sports/football/patriots/reiss_pieces/2007/03/washington_agre_1.html
  5. http://www.boston.com/sports/football/patriots/reiss_pieces/2007/03/wr_deals.html

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