A celebration of life, fit for a legend.
“He was just a pillar of a man, he was genuine, he was honest he was caring he was just a wonderful person.“
Today, hundreds gathered inside Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Baton Rouge to say farewell to a breaker of barriers.
“He was a legend and people didn’t know that. A Lot of people did not know he was a legend, they did not know his history. They didn’t know he did 20 years at Saint Augustine; they didn’t know he was the first black assistant coach at LSU, they didn’t know that. They didn’t know he coach at Southern and bring them to championships” said Malinda Smith, Otis Washington’s niece.
Washington won a spot in the Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame in 2015, an honor he earned for his dedication to football. Saturday morning, his former players remembered him as the coach who built their success both on and off the field.
“He didn’t take no b-s none, none, none, and he was an outstanding coach“ said Oliver White
Ronald Jackson who also played football under Washington said “I’ll always remember him for that, he made such and impression on my life and has a lot to do with the man I am today as far as building confidence in me.“
Those who knew 80-year-old Washington say, he was an influential figure. As many referred to him as coach, his niece Angela Thomas said, he was so much more.
“It was nothing that uncle wouldn’t do for anybody. He was such a great inspiration not only as a coach but in the family period, you know“