When most think of former Buffalo Bills nose tackle Ted Washington, nicknames generated from his time spent on-field such as "Mt. Washington" come to mind. A critical component of Buffalo's stout defense from 1995-2000, Washington, along with defensive tackle Pat Williams, were referred to as "The Package." During his stint in Buffalo, Washington accumulated 19.5 sacks, started in 79 of 80 games and was selected to the Pro Bowl three times. Washington entered the NFL in 1991 and retired in 2007 after a highly successful career. The Buffalo Bills had the chance to catch up with Washington, as he joined The John Murphy Show to share some memories from his time in Buffalo and to discuss his life off the field.
In this edition of Throwback Thursday, we will share what Washington has been up to since his departure from the NFL.
Washington, who is now 47 years old, shared with John Murphy that he is enjoying his retirement and taking on new pastimes.
"I'm sitting here outside of Charlotte, North Carolina" said Washington. "I have a couple of stores, and am doing a little real estate—just trying to make the most of it."
Washington is also quite the family man and was asked to elaborate on the ages of his five children and family life.
"We are 23, 22, 21, 18 and 15" said Washington. "So I have four that are in college or have graduated from college and one in high school."
Following in their father's footsteps, Washington stated that all of his children were or are currently involved in sports.
"All of them were athletes" said Washington. "They played basketball, baseball, softball and football and my youngest son who is a sophomore will be playing football and wrestling."
Alongside his hobbies and family life, Washington shared that football is still very much a part of his life. Washington's dedication to fundamentally sound football remains as evident today as it was during his 16 seasons in the NFL. Once a dynamic defensive player, Washington looks to help young athletes today get back to the basics.
"Yes, I am coaching high school," said Washington. "I put in a little time to teach the fundamentals of the game because that's what's missing nowadays with these kids—they don't know the fundamentals. I'm trying to teach them the basic stuff, which is a lot of old school stuff and then you just tie it into what is going on now, and that will make them a better and smarter player."
While Washington's life is much different now than when he played in the NFL, he still looks back on his time spent playing in Buffalo and has several fond memories.
"It was more than just one game, it was just the fans" said Washington. "I mean people always ask, what is the best place that you played in? And I always put Buffalo as number one."