Washington a true Big Red legend

To the editor:

I was saddened to have learned of the June 11 death of Robert “Rabbi” Washington. He is one of Steubenville High School’s all-time great football players.

On Oc. 24, 1969, Big Red defeated the No. 1-rated team in Ohio, Canton McKinley, before a crowd of 10,000 at Harding Stadium due, in large part, to the extraordinary effort of Robert Washington.

As the second quarter was coming to an end with McKinley holding a 14-0 lead and driving for a touchdown, Washington intercepted a pass with 19 seconds left in the half and returned it 75 yards for a touchdown.

My fondest memory of playing football for Big Red is the emotion and exhilaration our teammates and coaches shared in the locker room at halftime after his spectacular play.

In the second half, Robert went on to score the winning touchdown on a 39-yard touchdown reception with two minutes left in the game.

After the season, he was recruited by college teams from every major football conference. He was Ohio State’s No. 1 priority and had offers from Michigan, Southern Cal and Tennessee to name to a few. He accepted a scholarship and graduated from the University of Notre Dame, playing for legendary coach Ara Parseghian.

Rabbi always will be remembered by his teammates, coaches and Big Red fans who watched him play. Rest in peace, my friend, and may your memory be eternal.

S. Gary Repella



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