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Leon Washington

Special Teams Assistant

College: Florida State

Hometown: Jacksonville, Fla.

Experience: 3 years


Leon Washington begins his first season with the New York Jets after joining Robert Saleh's staff as a special teams assistant on February 10, 2021. For Washington, he returns as a coach to the team that drafted him 15 years ago.

Prior to returning to the Jets, Washington began his coaching career with Detroit as part of the William Clay Ford Minority Coaching Assistantship program, assisting with offense and special teams the first season and the offense the second year. Before the Lions, he was a Bill Walsh Diversity Coaching Fellowship intern during training camp with Atlanta (2018) and Jacksonville (2016).

A two-time All-Pro (2008 & 2010) and Pro Bowler (2008 & 2012), Washington's eight kickoff return touchdowns are tied for the most in NFL history while also ranking in the top 10 in kickoff return yards (7,553). A former fourth-round selection by the Jets (2006), he appeared in 126 game played over nine seasons for the Jets, Seattle, New England and Tennessee. In four years at Florida State, he finished with 2,522 scrimmage yards and 13 touchdowns.

Washington has three sons, Leon, Nolen and Noel, and a daughter, Lily.


New York Jets | 2021-Present

Special Teams Assistant - 2021-Present

Detroit Lions | 2019-20

WCF Minority Coaching Assistantship - 2020

WCF Minority Coaching Assistantship/Offense & Special Teams - 2019

Atlanta Falcons | 2018

Bill Walsh Diversity Coaching Fellowship - 2018

Jacksonville Jaguars | 2016

Bill Walsh Diversity Coaching Fellowship - 2016


Tennessee Titans (Running Back) - 2013-14

New England Patriots (Running Back) - 2013

Seattle Seahawks (Running Back) - 2010-12

New York Jets (Running Back) - 2006-09

Florida State (Running Back) - 2002-05