The '06 Draft Class: Leon Washington

On being drafted by the Jets…
I am happy. I feel blessed. It took a little while, but I knew the Jets liked me. My agent let me know about that. I am in a good position right now.

On being drafted on the second day…
I knew there was a possibility that I would go the second day, so yesterday I sat down with my family - we didn't have a party or anything - and watched the draft. We weren't worried about me going in the first or second round. My mom and my dad told me everything in life happens for a reason. I knew God would put me somewhere for a reason. That's our thinking and that's the way it is.

On his height…
Well, I played at Florida State University as a 5'7" guy with 5'9" guys. If you think about some of the great running backs in the League, most of them are not taller than 5'11". When it gets down to it, I want to let my game speak for itself.

On his health…
Right now I'm pretty good. I am ready for mini-camp. I am ready to come in and contribute to the team in whatever way I can. I feel good right now.

On past injuries…
Football is a game where injuries are going to happen. Unfortunately, I have been on that side of it. I have had a few injuries, but I am healed up now. It may have been a problem, my height may have been a problem, or whatever it may be, but I am ready to put all of that behind me. I am really happy right now and I am ready to come in and contribute to the team.

On being a punt returner…
I am the only player in Florida State history to play five different ways - that is I return punts, I return kicks, I catch, I run, and I had a fumble recovery in the end zone for a TD. So I have done kick-off returns and punt returns at the college level.

On his major at FSU…
I majored in Social Science.

On Laveranues Coles…
Yes I know him, well, I know of him. My high school was a rival with his high school, and I have played against him a few times.

On Curtis Martin…
His numbers and his consistency in the NFL speak for themselves. What a guy to come in and learn the game of football from. What a guy to come in and play behind. I am honored to get to play with him and be in his presence. I will take this and learn as much as I can from him.

On Gator Bowl…
The Gator Bowl is in Jacksonville, Fla., my hometown, and I had my last college game there. I wanted to come in a make plays happen. I wasn't worried about carries. That's what I did in college and that's what I plan to do at the next level.

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