American Football Database
Marvin Washington
File:Marvin Washington by Gage Skidmore.jpg
Washington in 2016
No. 95, 97
Position:Defensive end
Personal information
Born: (1965-10-22) October 22, 1965 (age 56)
Denver, Colorado
Height:6 ft 6 in (1.98 m)
Weight:285 lb (129 kg)
Career information
High school:Dallas (TX) Kimball
College:Idaho, Hinds JC (MS)
(& UTEP basketball)
NFL Draft:1989 / Round: 6 / Pick: 151
Career history
* New York Jets (19891996)
Career highlights and awards
* Super Bowl champion (XXXIII)
Career NFL statistics
Games played:155
Games started:96
Player stats at
Player stats at PFR

Marvin Washington (born October 22, 1965) is a former American football defensive end who played eleven seasons in the National Football League (NFL). Selected in the sixth round of the 1989 NFL draft, he played eight seasons for the New York Jets of which he was a starter for six. He additionally played for the Denver Broncos and San Francisco 49ers, accumulating a total of 40.5 sacks in 155 games played during his career. Washington played both basketball and football at the University of Idaho.

College career

Out of Kimball High School in Dallas, Texas, Washington went to the University of Texas-El Paso on a basketball scholarship. After two years, he transferred to Hinds Junior College in Mississippi, where he played football in 1987. Washington then went west to the University of Idaho in Moscow to play for head basketball coach Tim Floyd; he had recruited Washington to UTEP while an assistant coach for the Miners.[1]

At Idaho, Washington played basketball for two seasons under head coaches Floyd and Kermit Davis and football for a season in 1988 under Keith Gilbertson.[1] In his senior year of 1988–89, the Idaho Vandals won Big Sky conference titles in both sports and advanced to the NCAA postseason: the I-AA semifinals in football and the Division I basketball tournament. He recorded a school record 14.5 sacks that year playing the right defensive end position.[2] In 2007, Washington was inducted into the Vandal Athletics Hall of Fame.[3]

Professional career

Washington was selected in the sixth round of the 1989 NFL Draft by the New York Jets, the 151st overall pick.[4][5] He played a total of eight seasons for the Jets, the last six as a starter.[6] Washington recorded a career-high (and team-high) 8.5 sacks in 1992,[2] and a career-high 71 tackles the following year.[6]

After his time with the Jets, Washington played a season for the San Francisco 49ers, a season for the Denver Broncos (with whom he won a Super Bowl ring), and returned to the 49ers for his final year in 1999.[6] He finished his career with 40.5 sacks, 386 tackles, and 10 forced fumbles in 155 games played, 96 of which he started.[6]

Medical cannabis advocacy

Washington is an advocate for the medical use of cannabis, as well as an entrepreneur in the cannabis industry.[7] In 2017 Washington was part of a lawsuit filed against Attorney General Jeff Sessions, seeking to overturn the classification of cannabis as a Schedule I drug.[8] Washington is a board member of Athletes for Care,[9] a group that advocates for athletes on various issues of health and safety including the use of cannabis as medicine.[10][11]


  1. 1.0 1.1 Jacobson, Bryan (February 20, 1988). "Floyd hopes to Wash away blemish". Idahonian ((Moscow)): p. 4D.
  2. 2.0 2.1 "Marvin Washington".
  3. "Hall of Fame". Retrieved April 11, 2018.
  4. Meehan, Jim (April 24, 1989). "Utley, Washington, Dyko get calls". Idahonian ((Moscow)): p. 1B.
  5. Gerheim, Earl (April 25, 1989). "Vikings take EWU's Mickel". Spokesman-Review ((Spokane, Washington)): p. C3.
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 6.3 "Marvin Washington". Retrieved April 11, 2018.
  7. O'Keeffe, Michael (March 8, 2017). "Former NFL player Marvin Washington is stepping up for CBD and diversity in cannabis industry". The Cannabist. Retrieved April 11, 2018.
  8. Waldron, Travis (July 25, 2017). "Former NFL Player Sues Jeff Sessions Over ‘Unconstitutional’ Marijuana Laws". HuffPost. Retrieved April 11, 2018.
  9. "Board of Directors". Retrieved April 11, 2018.
  10. "Cannabis". Retrieved April 19, 2019.
  11. "Advocate". Retrieved April 11, 2018.

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