Joe Washington to sign books Sunday at Brace Books and More

Ponca City Now - November 9, 2015 12:22 pm

Joe Washington will appear from 1:30 to 3 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 15, at Brace Books and More to sign his new book, “The Seven Secrets of the Silver Shoes, Principles for Success On and Off the Field.”

This book is a glimpse into Washington’s simple take on life; a home-spun philosophy and genuine humility that has served him well through the years and still impacts young athletes and all privileged to know one of the great Oklahoma Sooner legends of all time.

Can’t attend? Call or email to reserve autographed copies!

Joe Washington was one of the biggest reasons for two back-to-back National Championships for Oklahoma University football in 1974 and 1975. He made every All-American team including the UPI, AP, Walter Camp Foundation, The Sporting News, and the NEA list. He came in third for the Heisman Trophy behind Archie Griffin from Ohio State and USC’s Anthony Davis, finishing his college career with 4,071 rushing yards, 39 touchdowns to his credit and 19 plus games of 100 yards.

A first round draft pick (#4) in 1976, Joe Washington went on to have a stellar career in the NFL, winning a Super Bowl with the Washington Redskins in 1982. As a professional he also played for San Diego, Baltimore and Atlanta. Washington retired with 4,839 rushing yards and 3,413 receiving yards and 30 touchdowns in his NFL career.

Few college players in history have created the expectations and high level of excitement like Joe Washington, Jr., forever known in Oklahoma Sooner football history as "Little Joe." When he donned the silver shoes as a freshman, he electrified Oklahoma fans. Barry Switzer, said, "From the moment he ran the ball in practice we knew he would be special. I had never seen and still haven’t seen anyone who could bring an entire crowd to its feet, leaving them awe-struck.

“ Even while gaining just a handful of yards, his runs were absolutely spectacular. I mean every time he touched the ball, we expected it to be showtime,” Switzer said. “He found seams to run that no one else saw, darted away from towering linemen and stutter-stepped his way down the field, but it was his ability to hurdle and leap over opponents that made us all hold our breath."

 

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