Dewayne Washington was a four-year Letterman for NC State’s football team and served as co-captain during his senior year. Dewayne graduated from NC State with a bachelor’s degree in Multidisciplinary Studies, with a concentration in Community Relations Management in 2001. After four successful years of playing college football, he was drafted by the Minnesota Vikings in the first round (18th pick overall) and played in the National Football League for 12 years. In addition to being drafted by the Vikings, Washington also played for the Pittsburg Steelers, where he was twice voted Man of the Year and he was the Steelers’ national United Way spokesman from 2000 to 2003. Washington also played for the Jacksonville Jaguars and the Kansas City Chiefs before retiring from his professional athletic career.
In 2010 Washington became CEO and managing partner of D. Washington Group, LLC in Durham, N.C., a firm that provides commercial construction and development services. Washington leverages his hands-on experience in the Construction and Development Industry to bring out the best in his team.
Washington was the president of the Dewayne Washington Foundation for 10 years, from 1995-2004, which reconnected the links between the local business community and youth. An annual fundraiser gala gave away over 30 laptops and printers for youth attending in state schools.
Washington currently serves on the North Carolina State University Board of Trustees and is head coach of Heritage High School’s football team in Wake Forest.