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HOF Player profile: Southeast's Russ Washington 1/8Photo Credit: Russ Washington

Washington was one of the best football players ever to come out of the Kansas City Metro. He was a 1964 graduate of Southeast High School where he was one of the most feared linemen on both sides of the state line.

He played college football at the University of Missouri where he was named the Big Eight Conference defensive player of the year and first-team All-American in 1967.

Washington was drafted fourth overall in the 1968 AFL/NFL Common Draft by the San Diego Chargers. He played 15 seasons for the Chargers on the offensive line. He was named to the NFL Pro Bowl five times while earning second-team All-Pro honors twice in 1979 and 1982.

He is a member of the San Diego Chargers Hall of Fame. Washington passed away in 2021.