Ranked as one of the fiercest defensive players in the history of Iowa State football, Washington ended his four year college career in Ames, Iowa with 457 tackles, a school record that still stands today. Drafted in the sixth round of the NFL draft by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Washington immediately found a spot at outside linebacker in his rookie season. Washington started every game at linebacker the next three seasons for the Bucs, recording 12.5 sacks during that span. Through free agency, Washington moved on to the San Francisco 49ers in 1989 where the season ended with Super Bowl XXIV where the 49ers defeated the Denver Broncos 55-10. Washington later played 1 year with the Phoenix Cardinals. In addition to being a member of the Iowa State University Board of Directors, he is an active member of Omega Psi Phi fraternity, the NFL Alumni Association (former Vice President) and the NFL Players Association. Christopher Thomas Washington was born in Jackson, Mississippi in 1962. Raised in Chicago, Washington was a standout basketball player at Julian High School. He decided to try football his senior season after the coaches suggested he could be an outstanding linebacker. In his only season of prep football, he earned all-metro honors and garnered interest from colleges across the country. He chose Iowa State over Minnesota and Northwestern. After his NFL career, Washington earned a Bachelor’s degree in Organizational Behavior and a Master of Arts in Psychology, Marriage and Family Therapy. Postponing his doctoral work, Chris now spends his time being Dad to his three Musketeers - daughters Camille, Maegan and Taylor. He also volunteers as a high school football coach and mentors middle and high school students in his hometown of San Diego, California. Since he recently relocated to Arizona, Chris looks forward to continuing his volunteer, mentoring and philanthropic work here in the Valley.