From: North Carolina
– Ranks eighth in Appalachian State history in both receptions (139) and receiving yards (1,837)
– One of only 16 nationwide recipients of the National Football Foundation's 2013 National Scholar-Athlete Award
Michael Anthony "Tony" Washington II (born October 18, 1990) is an American football wide receiver for the New England Patriots of the National Football League (NFL). He was originally signed as an undrafted free agent by the Indianapolis Colts in 2014. He played college football at Appalachian State.
Tony competed in 49 collegiate games and totaled 139 receptions for 1,837 yards and 10 touchdowns. He also contributed with 13 carries for 90 yards and two scores. Washington ranks eighth in Appalachian State history in both receptions (139) and receiving yards (1,837). He enjoyed a breakout season as a senior in 2013, when he led the SoCon with 939 receiving yards and ranked second with 64 receptions, en route to all-conference first-team recognition.
Washington also earned all-conference accolades as a return specialist after ranking 11th in NCAA Division I FCS with a 27.3-yard kickoff return average and 21st nationally with a 9.0-yard punt return average as a junior in 2012. His 23.4-yard career kickoff return average ranks fifth in Appalachian State history. Washington is also one of only 16 nationwide recipients of the National Football Foundation's 2013 National Scholar-Athlete Award, graduating from Appalachian State with a 3.80 cumulative grade point average. He was the University's Most Outstanding Architectural Design Student in 2012-13 and was the winner of the architectural design department's Spring 2013 portfolio.