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Leon Washington turns the corner

Leon Washington

Leon Dewitt Washington was born on August 29, 1982 in Jacksonville, Florida. Washington attended Richard L Brown Elementary School, Kings Trail Elementary School and Matthew Gilbert Middle School where he developed a passion for football while playing in the Pop Warner league. He went on to Andrew Jackson High School where he starred on the field earning the Florida’s 2001 “Mr. Football” designation. Leon Washington received an athletic scholarship to attend Florida State University, where he played for the Seminoles team from 2002 to 2005. Washington became the only player in the Bobby Bowden era to score touchdowns in five different ways – by run, reception, punt return, kick off return and fumble recovery.

In the January 1, 2005 Gator Bowl, Leon Washington carried Florida State much of the day, finishing with 195 yards rushing. He went 69 yards down the right sideline on the game’s second play for the longest TD run in Gator Bowl history, a record he held until the 2008 Gator Bowl game. He had 135 yards by halftime and had only 12 carries for the game, or else he might have challenged the Gator Bowl record of 216 yards by Syracuse’s Floyd Little against Tennessee in 1966. His outstanding performance earned him the designation as the Most Valuable Player of the 2005 Gator Bowl, which represented just one of the numerous awards he received throughout his college football career.

Washington was selected in the fourth round of the 2006 NFL Draft to the New York Jets where, in 2008, he lead the NFL in all purpose yardage. In addition to the New York Jets, Leon Washington went on to play nine years in the NFL playing for the Seattle Seahawks, New England Patriots and the Tennessee Titans. During this time, he earned All Pro and was selected to the Pro Bowl multiple times.

Since retiring from the NFL, Leon Washington insisted on giving back to our youth and established the Leon Washington Foundation in 2013, with the stated mission to assist low income Jacksonville families with education, sports, and life skills. Washington’s Foundation weekend is a much anticipated event every year hosting 500 plus kids at his annual football camp!

Aside from all of Washington’s achievements, his greatest ones are the gifts of his children, Leon. Jr. age 12; Noel, age 8, Nolen, age 6 and Alissa, age 8 months.

LT General Ronald L. Bailey, USMC (Ret.)

Lieutenant General Bailey was born in St. Augustine, Florida and graduated from Austin Peay State University, Clarksville, TN in 1977 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology. On 1 July 1977, he was commissioned a Second Lieutenant.

After graduation from The Basic School, Infantry Officers Course and the Basic Communication Officers Course in August 1978, he was ordered to the 3d Marine Division in Okinawa, Japan to serve with 2d Battalion, 4th Marines as a Rifle Platoon Commander and 81mm Mortar Platoon Commander.

Lieutenant General Bailey career took him all over the world to serve in various capacities. In July 2007, he assumed command of the 3d Marine Expeditionary Brigade, and concurrently began duties as the Deputy Commanding General, III MEF.

In August 2009, he transferred to San Diego, California and assumed command of Marine Corps Recruit Depot/Western Recruiting Region. Lieutenant General Bailey assumed command of Marine Corps Recruiting Command in January 2011.

In June 2011, Lieutenant General Bailey was assigned to Camp Pendleton, California and assumed command as the Commanding General 1st Marine Division.

In June 2013, Lieutenant General Bailey was promoted to his current rank and assigned to Headquarters Marine Corps as the Deputy Commandant for Plans, Policies, and Operations.

From June 2013 – July 2017, Lieutenant General Bailey served as the Deputy Commandant for Plans, Policies, and Operations.

Lieutenant General Bailey’s awards include the Defense Superior Service Medal with bronze oak leaf, Legion of Merit with combat V, Meritorious Service Medal with 2 gold stars, Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal with gold star, the Navy Marine Corps Achievement Medal, Presidential Unit Citation, and the Combat Action Ribbon.

Lieutenant General Bailey has been an integral part of the TaxSlayer Bowl (formerly Gator Bowl) for the last seven years. During this time, he has assisted in creating and maintaining an exceptional partnership between the United States Marine Corps and the TaxSlayer Bowl.

Inductee Category School Bowl Year (s) Inducted
Archie Manning Player Mississippi 1971 1989
Floyd D. Little Player Syracuse 1966 1989
Ralph “Shug” Jordan Coach Auburn 1953-1955, 1970, 1972, 1974 1989
Dan Devine Coach Notre Dame 1968, 1976 1989
Ray Graves Coach Georgia Tech, Florida 1960, 1962, 1969 1989
Frank Howard Coach Clemson 1949 1990
Robert Lee (Bobby) Dodd Coach Georgia Tech 1956, 1960, 1961,1965 1990
George R. Olsen Community 1990
Charlie Baker Honorary 1990
Tom King, Sr. Honorary 1990
Rex Edmondson Honorary 1990
Harry Talbert Honorary 1990
Arnold Finnefrock Honorary 1990
Joe Livingston Honorary 1990
Jack Hairston Honorary 1990
Walter Lynch Honorary 1990
Bill Kastelz Honorary 1990
Tony Mallem Honorary 1990
Dick Stratton Honorary 1990
Fred Schlling Honorary 1990
Patrick (Pat) Joseph Sullivan Player Auburn 1971 1990
Bobby Gage Player Clemson 1949 1990
Bob Woodruff Community 1990
Vince Dooley Player/Coach Auburn/Georgia 1989, 1990
Ron Sellers Player Florida State 1967 1991
Ken Willard Player North Carolina 1963 1991
Wally Butts Coach Georgia 1948 1991
Bill Peterson Coach Florida State 1964, 1967 1991
Maxie Baughan Player Georgia Tech 1960 1992
Lu Gambino Player Maryland 1948 1992
Don Faurot Coach Missouri 1949, 1950 1992
John Howard Vaught Coach Mississippi 1958, 1970 1992
Tom Shannon Player Florida 1962 1993
Joe Childress Player Auburn 1954, 1955 1993
Coach Dewitt Weaver Coach Texas Tech 1953 1993
Larry Libertore, Jr. Player Florida 1960 1994
Charles (RIP) Engle Coach Penn State 1961, 1962 1994
Douglas A. Dickey Player/Coach Florida/ Tennessee & Florida 1953, 1964,1966, 1969 1994
Fred Biletnikoff Player Florida State 1965 1995
Nicholas Sacrinty Player Wake Forest 1946 1995
Steve Tensi Player Florida State 1965 1995
Frank Broyles Coach Georgia Tech & Arkansas 1956, 1960, 1977, 1981 1995
Richard Stratton Community 1995
Dave Robinson Player Penn State 1961, 1962 1996
Wade Mitchell Player Georgia Tech 1956 1996
Jim Dooley Player Miami 1952 1996
Dick Crum Coach North Carolina 1979, 1981 1996
Judge John “Papa” Hall Player Florida 1953 1997
Judge Kim C. Hammond Player Florida State 1967 1997
Gene Stallings Player/Coach Texas A&M & Alabama 1957, 1993 1997
John F. Lanahan Community 1997
Ross Browner Player Notre Dame 1976 1998
James Stewart Player Tennessee 1994 1998
Danny Ford Coach Clemson 1978, 1986, 1989 1998
Jack Bush Player Georgia 1948 1999
Walter C. Dunbar Community 1999
Jay Solomon Community 1999
Terry McMillan Player Missouri 1968 2000
Bob Bradley Coach Clemson 1948,1951, 1977-1978, 1986, 1989, 1995 2000
Joe Paterno Coach Penn State 1967, 1976 2000
John David Crow Player Texas A&M 1957 2001
Don Nehlen Coach West Virginia 1982, 1989, 1996 2001
Carlisle Jones Community 2001
Hugh Green Player Pittsburgh 1980 2002
Coach Jackie Sherril Coach Pittsburgh 1977 1980 2002
W.W. “Bill” Gay Community 2002
Donny Anderson Player Texas Tech 1965 2003
Rodney Hampton Player Georgia 1999 2003
Ash Verlander Community 2003
Steve Spurrier Coach Florida 1992 2004
Chip Ferguson Player Florida State 1985 2004
Greg Allen Player Florida State 1982 2004
Bill Nimnicht, Jr. Community 2004
Desmond Howard Player Michigan 1991 2005
Douglas Clyde “Peahead” Walker Coach Wake Forest 1946 2005
Peter A. Kirill, Sr. Community 2005
Dave Braine Player/Athletic Director 1963, 1994, 1999 2006
Carl N. Cannon Community 2006
Paul “Bear” Bryant Coach Alabama 1957, 1968 2007
George Rogers Player South Carolina 1980 2007
Donald R. Davis Community 2007
Errict Rhett Player Florida 1992 2008
Wendell Davis Player LSU 1987 2008
Wilford C. Lyon, Jr. Community 2009
Bob Golic Player Notre Dame 1976 2009
Gary Pajcic Community 2009
Coach Bobby Bowden Coach Florida State 1982, 1985, 2001, 2004, 2009 2010
Michael A. Tranghese Community 2010
Coach Pat Jones Coacch Oklahoma State 1984, 1985 2010
Anthony Carter Player Michigan 1979 2011
Bill Nimnicht, Sr. Community 2011
Donald Orr Player Vanderbilt 1955 2012
Corky Rogers Player Georgia Tech 1965 2012
Donovin Darius Player Syracuse 1996 2013
Tom Shouvlin Community 2016
Coach Frank Beamer Coach Virginia Tech 1994,1998, 2001, 2002, 2006 2016
Leon Washington Player Florida State 2005 2017
Lieutenant General Bailey Community 2017