LA Sports HOF 1-on-1's: Lionel Washington

Lionel Washington Bio courtesy: Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame

A former Tulane cornerback from 1979-82 and a fourth-round draft pick of the St. Louis Cardinals in 1983, Washington carved out a productive 15-year NFL career with the St. Louis Cardinals, L.A./Oakland Raiders and Denver Broncos.

Playing in 204 games and starting 165 during his career, he intercepted 37 passes and returned four for touchdowns. He had a career-high eight interceptions as a rookie in 1983 and picked off at least three passes five times in his career. Washington also had at least one interception in 13 of his 15 seasons.

The Lutcher native led LHS to the 1977 Class 3A state championship and had an amazing four interceptions, two returned for touchdowns, in the 1978 High School All-Star Game.

At Tulane, he helped the Green Wave reach the Liberty Bowl and Hall of Fame Bowl. Washington coached with the Green Bay Packers for 10 years, the Raiders for two, and just ended his second season as co-defensive coordinator at Tulane by helping the Green Wave to a New Orleans Bowl bid in 2013. Born Oct. 21, 1960.

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