Washington, who came to East Lansing from LaPorte, Texas and played for Coach Hugh Duffy Daugherty, helped the Spartans to a 23-6-1 record during his career, including back-to-back Big Ten and National Championships in 1965-66.
During his three years on the field, Washington was a two-time First Team All-American and Big Ten selection. He led the Spartans in receptions for three consecutive seasons (1964-66) and left Michigan State as the programs all-time leader in receptions, receiving years, and touchdowns.
Selected by Minnesota in the first round (No. 8 overall) of the 1967 NFL Draft, Washington would become a two-time Pro Bowl selection and also named a First-Team All-Pro by the Associated Press in 1969.