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Northwood alum becomes defensive coordinator in NFL

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  • Joel Rodgers

Sometimes while scrolling through Facebook, certain things catch your eye. Yesterday, I noticed a post from Northwood’s Principal Shannon Wall;

“Bam! Eric Washington is a 1987 graduate of Northwood High School. So proud of my good friend.”

He also shared an article from NFL.com  on Carolina Panthers promoting Eric Washington to DC (defensive coordinator).

After graduating from Northwood High School in 1987, Eric Washington played tight end at Grambling State from 1989-90 for legendary head coach Eddie Robinson and earned a Bachelor of Science degree from Grambling State in 1993. Commissioned as a Naval Reserve Officer in 1998, Washington was assigned to the Naval Academy Preparatory School in Newport, R.I., where he served as the defensive coordinator of the football team for three years.

He’s coached for several NCAA and NFL teams, but now Eric Washington is the head guy for a really good Caroline Panthers defense.

Since 2011,  Eric Washington has served as defensive line coach for the Carolina Panthers, but on Monday the former Grambling State and Northwood Falcon was named as the new defensive coordinator for the Panthers.

During his tenure as defensive line coach, Washington has overseen one of the most productive defensive lines in the NFL. Since 2012, no group of defensive linemen produced more sacks than Carolina’s 219.0, part of Carolina’s NFL-leading 280 total sacks. Carolina finished ranked in the top 10 in sacks in five of the past six seasons, including a No. 1 ranking in 2013, a No. 2 ranking in 2016 and a No. 3 ranking in 2017.

Congratulations Coach Eric Washington!

 

 

 

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Joel Rodgers

Joel Rodgers joined RealShreveport.com in January 2018 as a reporter/journalist. Prior to joining our team, Joel spent the previous 5 years as a morning show reporter, entertainment reporter, and sports reporter for a local television station. At 6’5”, he's the tallest reporter in the history of Shreveport, but it’s more than just his height that makes this Shreveport native stand out. His editing skills combined with his love for storytelling makes for a creative and talented addition to the RealShreveport team. After attending and graduating from Evangel Christian Academy, he earned his Bachelor’s degree in Broadcast Journalism from Northwestern State University. Joel is very active in the Shreveport community having won several competitions in recent years. In 2017, he danced his way to victory in the annual Susan G. Komen event, “Dancing for the Cure." He’s also won the “Mudbug Madness” Crawfish eating contest in back-to-back years and was named the top celebrity chef at the “Louisiana Food Prize” cooking competition. If you have a story idea, news tip, or just want to say "hey" - you can do so by emailing Joel Rodgers at jrodgers@realshreveport.com

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