Background and college
Born on March 15, 1980 in Wichita, Kansas, Washington attended Wichita High, where he was named First-team All-State pick by The Topeka Capital-Journal and Wichita Eagle, adding USA Today honorable mention All-USA recognition, All-City choice as a RB and FS, and honorable mention All-Class 6A defensive accolades in 1998. While attending Kansas State University, he played in 49 games (38 on defense and 11 on offense) with 28 starts. On defense, he finished with 195 tackles, three sacks, three fumble recoveries, three forced fumbles, three interceptions, and two touchdowns. On special teams, he returned five blocked punts for 125 yards and added 14 rushes for 106 yards and a reception for a 33-yard TD on offense.
As a Jet
Washington (6'1", 217) was selected by the Jets with the thirty-fifth pick of the seventh round (236th overall) of the 2004 NFL Draft. In four seasons, he played in 48 games and tallied 69 special teams tackles, 22 defensive tackles, 1.5 sacks and one pass defensed. He recorded 10 special teams tackles in nine games this season. After a number of bad penalties and poor play on special teams, Washington was waived by the Jets on November 5.