James Washington a 'workhorse' for Steelers and family farm
James Washington spent countless hours helping his father on farms, one of which is family-owned in Lexington, Texas.
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Years of handling that clunky jack underneath multi-ton farm machinery always got Washington right for game days.
“It teaches you to hold leverage, put your shoulder into it and shove it,” said Washington, the Pittsburgh Steelers‘ second-round pick. “Flip the tire up and lean it against the tractor, then you kind of want to wiggle it on there.”
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Before Washington learned to do it all on the field for Oklahoma State, he had to do it all in the fields of north Texas.
As a teenager in Stamford, Texas, with a population of less than 3,000, Washington spent countless hours helping his father on farms, one of which is family-owned in nearby Lexington.