Oklahoma State wide receiver and Biletnikoff award winner James Washington is set to take the field one final time in a Cowboys uniform on Dec. 28 when his team competes in the Camping World Bowl in Orlando, Fla.
With Washington all but on his way to the pros in 2018, some were left guessing whether or not the Oklahoma State star would skip the team’s upcoming bowl game — a trend set by several NFL prospects in recent seasons for the sake of avoiding injury and preparing for the draft in April.
Thankfully for Oklahoma State fans making the trip to Florida, they’ll get to see their star receiver play when the Cowboys face off against No. 22 Virginia Tech at Camping World Stadium — despite a promising NFL career seemingly on the horizon for Washington.
Washington told Oklahoma News 4’s Nate Feken that the idea of skipping the bowl game never crossed his mind.
The Oklahoma State wide receiver, however, didn’t stop there.
Washington proceeded to call out players who are skipping their team’s bowl game, calling it an act of “disloyalty.”
Here's James Washington on why he will play in #OKState's bowl game despite the trend of some future NFL players sitting out theirs — "That never crossed my mind. In my mind that's like disloyalty …" pic.twitter.com/JdvBdbpzvL
— Nate Feken (@TheGreat_Nate) December 8, 2017
2016 featured no shortage of players staying off the playing field during the Holiday season. Former Stanford and LSU running backs Christian McCaffrey and Leonard Fournette bailed out on the Cardinal and Tigers, respectively, during bowl season to prepare for the NFL Draft.
This season, Texas left tackle Connor Williams and Florida State safety Derwin James are among those skipping their respective bowl games for the same reason.
There has been an ongoing debate on whether or not players who have declared for the NFL Draft should prioritize their long-term health over the risk of getting injured in a non-prestigious bowl game.
Many prominent figures, including Alabama head coach Nick Saban, have argued that the implementation of the College Football Playoff has decreased the intrinsic value of non-playoff games — some even to the extent of “meaningless.”
Washington clearly does not see it that way.
The Stamford, Texas product finished the regular season with 69 catches for 1,423 yards and 12 touchdowns. Washington caught for 1,000 yards in each of his final three seasons with Oklahoma State.
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