Lincoln alumnus Washington to sign book at Museum on Feb. 27

Published 4:35 pm Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Lincoln High alumnus and former Oklahoma All-America running back Joe Washington Jr. has written a book about success on the football field and away from it.

Washington will sign copies of “The 7 Secrets of the Silver Shoes: Principles for Success On and Off the Field” from 3:30-5 p.m. Feb. 27 at the Museum of the Gulf Coast, 700 Procter St.

Washington played under his father at Lincoln and earned two first-team All-America honors at Oklahoma while winning the national championship twice (1974 and 1975). Best known for wearing silver shoes as a Sooner, Washington finished among the top five in Heisman Trophy balloting (he was as high as third in 1974) both seasons.

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After finishing his career with 4.071 career rushing yards, Washington was drafted fourth overall by the San Diego Chargers in 1976. He went on to play for the Baltimore Colts (now Indianapolis Colts), Washington Redskins and Atlanta Falcons before retiring in 1985, winning a Super Bowl with Washington in the 1982 season.

The 1979 Pro Bowler and 1981 All-Pro running back remains the only NFL player to ever throw a touchdown, catch a touchdown and return a kickoff for a touchdown in the same game, accomplishing the feat against the New England Patriots in a Sept. 18, 1978, Monday night game.

— I.C. Murrell

About I.C. Murrell

I.C. Murrell was promoted to editor of The News, effective Oct. 14, 2019. He previously served as sports editor since August 2015 and has won or shared eight first-place awards from state newspaper associations and corporations. He was born in Memphis, Tennessee, grew up mostly in Pine Bluff, Arkansas, and graduated from the University of Arkansas at Monticello.

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