James Washington: Where I Come From Didn’t Stop Me

Written by Kyle Porter

Oklahoma State has done a good job with these stories of gratitude videos so far, and this James Washingotn one might be the best one yet. Washington, if you didn’t know it by now, is from Stamford, Texas where there are more silos than people (I have no idea if this is true).

He talks about being from Stamford and what the people there are like: “We hunt, we fish, we raise animals, we care about each other and we work hard.” Yeah, but sometimes we don’t want to know about all that, right Mason Rudolph?

“He’s a big hunter,” Rudolph told CBS Sports recently, “coyotes, varmints. He’ll post pictures of these bloody coyotes on Instagram. Bro, the fan base doesn’t want to see a bloody coyote on your page.”

As a city boy, through and through (one of my good friends once called me a “keyboard jockey”), I can say I am throughly disgusted by the coyote photos (and I haven’t even seen them!)

The ending of the video is poignant, though: “Never let anyone tell you that you can’t do something because of where you come from. It didn’t stop me.”

With 152 catches for 2,923 yards and 26 TDs and counting, I’d say not.

Also I thought this was pretty cool.

  • BBJD

    Love this video. He clearly doesn’t like the spotlight but he deserves it and I’m glad Okstate isn’t ignoring him to only focus on Mason (and Sinor).

    I’d love it if Oklahoma State finds a way to allow him to get publicity in ways he is more comfortable. Allow him to be himself and let people across the nation see what a great young man he is.

  • Wayne from Forty One

    A great West Texas kid

  • kspokesfan

    This young man is a great example of an oSu athlete. Life will only get better for him. What a great guy.