While plenty of NFL rookies use their first paycheck to buy a new car, James Washington wants to spend his on a very old vehicle instead.
The Pittsburgh Steelers’ second-round pick told ESPN’s Jeremy Fowler that he’s using some of the money from his first NFL contract to restore his 1986 Chevy C10, the truck he has had since high school. The former Oklahoma State receiver signed a four-year deal worth $4.5 million, so he should not have any problems getting his vintage truck back into great shape.
“I’m fixing it up right now. Restoration, new paint job, new motor,” Washington said. “I can do a little something. I’d rather do that then go buy a brand-new Camaro.”
Washington is from a small town in Texas called Stamford, and his interests reflect that. Besides fixing up his 32-year-old-truck, he also likes to go bobcat hunting.
The reigning Biletnikoff Award winner had 71 receptions for 1,380 yards and 10 touchdowns in 2017. He adds another explosive weapon to a Steelers offense already stacked with skill talent.