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11/15/03 - Longview

College Football player goes into Army

            As the fighting in Iraq continues, a Marshall college football player is getting ready to turn in his football jersey, for an Army uniform. 21 year old Greg Washington is a young man who has everything going for him.

    A bright future a wife and two children, and a star linebacker with East Texas baptist... But he played his last college game today before being called to active duty. "I just want to go out with a bang let people know this linebacker is gonna be back someday, you gonna have to worry about me again" says Washington.

     Washington is the all-time leader in tackles for the tigers, and has been a defensive standout from the time he stepped on campus. A member of the reserves, he has been called to active duty with the U-S army, and will report to Fort Hood next Saturday.

     "Pulling for him where he's headed now, he's gonna truly be in the real life of being a warrior , we're thankful that people like him are taking care of us over there" says tigers head coach Ralph Harris. He has no regrets about what he's being called to do.

     "Its a commitment , I'm loyal to my team so I'm loyal to my country, i don't care what anybody else thinks its something i have to do and I'm gonna do it... Just sit over here at home and know that you're going to be safe with us over there... I hope i just get to come back hope and be with e-t-b-u and my wife and kids" said Washington.

    He still has a year of college eligibility left, and he hopes this is not that last time he steps on a football field... and he went away a winner as the East Texas Baptist tigers beat Mississippi college 45-to-6. Bob Hallmark reporting.

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