Joe Washington, a two-time first-team All-American at the University of Oklahoma and a 10-season veteran of the NFL, will be the guest speaker at the second Wardog Kickoff Banquet.
The banquet will be at 6 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 16 at Miami's First Christian Church.
“When I was a kid, I was just totally in love with his running style,” said Miami head coach Chris Risenhoover, who is a huge Sooner football fan. “During that era, he was the most exciting running back in college football. Everybody remembers the silver shoes.”
OU's three living Heisman Trophy winners, including Miami's own Steve Owens, were the guests at last year's banquet, which drew a crowd of more than 500.
During Washington's stellar four year career at OU, the Sooners posted a 43-2-1 record, winning two national championships (1974 and'75).
A member of the College Football Hall of Fame, Washington had a school record 3,995 rushing yards and 5,781 all-purpose yards. He was third in the Heisman Trophy balloting in 1974 and was fifth in'75.
Risenhoover joked that once he got the video websharing site YouTube figured out, the first thing he did was to go through files for the great OU running backs.
“He had some clips on there are just amazing,” Risenhoover said. “He was one of those rare, rare guys.”
The San Diego Chargers made Washington the fourth player selected overall in the 1976 draft.
He spent two season with the Chargers, three with the old Baltimore Colts, four with the Washington Redskins then closed out his pro career in 1985 with the Atlanta Falcons.
He went to the Pro Bowl in 1979 while with the Colts after leading the NFL with 82 receptions for 750 yards, and had 242 carries for 884 yards and seven touchdowns.
Washington earned a spot in Monday Night Football lore with his 96-yard kickoff return that gave the Colts a 34-27 victory over New England on Sept. 18, 1978.
The game featured a record 41 points scored between the two teams in the fourth quarter, 27 by the Colts. Washington scored or helping score Baltimore's final three touchdowns. His catch of a touchdown pass tied the game at 20-20, and then he threw an option pass to Roger Carr to put the Colts ahead 27-20.
After the Patriots tied it late, Washington returned the ensuing kickoff 96 yards for the winning touchdown.
Washington played in Super Bowls XVII and XVIII while with the Redskins. He retired with 4,839 rushing yards and 3,413 receiving yards and 30 touchdowns in his career.
Tickets are $10 and are available from MHS football players. Tickets also will be available at the high school and other outlets which will be announced.