Saturday, June 18, 2011

Prep football: Bayshore's Washington keeping in shape through NFL lockout


PALMETTO - Fabian Washington is a football player without a football team.
But that doesn't mean he's staying dormant. Washington, a Bayshore graduate and a first-round draft pick of the Oakland Raiders in 2005, is currently a free agent.

Because of the NFL lockout, however, he can't be in contact with any teams.

So as the battle between the owners and the players rages on, Washington, who spent the past three seasons with the Baltimore Ravens, is doing his best to keep in shape, whether he is working with a personal trainer in Orlando or working out at IMG whenever he comes back to Bradenton.

"That's the biggest thing - you've got to be prepared for when they do open up the doors," Washington said Friday in Palmetto, where he handed out two of his Annual Fabian Washington Scholar-Athlete Scholarships. "You can't go into camp out of shape."

A cornerback, Washington has totaled six interceptions and 203 tackles in 81 games spread over six seasons with Oakland and Baltimore. He appeared in 14 games, including eight starts, last season with the Ravens.

"I'm in limbo," Washington said. "But I'm pretty confident that as soon as the lockout is over, I'll find a new job."

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