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Robert "Rocky" Washington

Football ∙ Beaver Falls

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ladies and Gentlemen, we have an anomaly here: Robert “Rocky” Washington did not play high school athletics. But Rocky Washington is going into the Beaver County Sports Hall of Fame because of his playing abilities in football, basketball and baseball! What are the chances of someone not playing sports at all in high school going on to play major college football compete in collegiate basketball, and signing a professional baseball contract? You might find better odds in picking a Powerball lottery winner. A growth spurt (from 5'-4" to 6'-0") in his late teens had much to do with his later accomplishments, but speed, desire, speed, determination and speed had much to do with his post-scholastic achievements as well. Did we mention that he was also fast? When Rocky graduated from Beaver Falls High School in 1978, off he went to Penn State-Beaver. There his athleticism got him a spot on the basketball team where he played well enough that he was invited to play in a summer camp by West Virginia University. In baseball, he played for Jim Karwoski at Penn State-Beaver and promptly led the team in home runs, runs batted in, and stolen bases. His 4.3 forty yard speed got him signed by Cincinnati where he played in Class A ball the rest of the 1981 season. But Rocky also had a desire to play college football. He walked on to Penn State in 1982 to play for Joe Paterno, and he went on to letter all three years as a wide receiver and special teams player. The 1982 team won the National Championship. In the 1983 season, Rocky suffered a severe knee injury, but came back strong to start off all 11 games in 1984. Rocky was a territorial pick of Baltimore in the United States Football League (USFL), but his desire was to play in the NFL. He had several teams interested in him, but the devastating knee injury he suffered in 1983 did not allow for him to pass the various team physicals. Today, his athletic accomplishments go on, as he is a single digit handicap golfer, and he helps coach youth sports. Rocky resides in Beaver Falls with his wife Sheree and their boys, Rocky, Blake, and Brandon. He truly has a unique story, overcoming tremendous odds in becoming a Hall of Famer.