Covering a deep route to Baltimore

Ravens Q&a Fabian Washington

November 19, 2008|By EDWARD LEE

How has the transition to Baltimore been for you?

It's been an awesome start. It's definitely been a fresh start, and I've been trying to reward the Ravens with good play. That's all I've been trying to do, go out and play well. The Raiders were a good organization by actually giving me the opportunity to shop around, and the Ravens stepped up to the plate. I definitely don't want to disappoint.

What were your feelings about joining the Ravens?

Every defensive player in the league wants to play in this defense because it's the best. It's a defense set up for the players to make plays. Who wouldn't want to play here?

How does a guy who grew up in Bradenton, Fla., end up at the University of Nebraska in Lincoln?

[Laughs.] Tell him that he's going to play as a freshman. That's exactly how he'll end up there. I had no reservations about leaving. It was probably going to be either there or Auburn. But I chose to get out of the South completely and go to Nebraska.

What was the biggest adjustment you had to make about living in Lincoln?

It's definitely a culture shock. Lincoln is a slow city, and everything moves in slow-motion. Compared to Florida, where it's pretty fast. It's not New York or California fast, but it's pretty fast.

Did you enjoy your time in Lincoln?

I like Lincoln. Lincoln's a cool place. I adjust pretty quickly, other than the winters. The winters are terrible. Very cold, miserable winters. Other than that, I loved my whole experience at Nebraska.

Who is the toughest wide receiver you've had to cover?

Toughest? I would say Chad Johnson [of the Cincinnati Bengals]. He's a great route runner, he competes on every play, and he's fast. If you put all that together, that's a pretty good receiver.

You are not one of the louder personalities in the locker room and don't seem to be the type to talk trash with your opponents. Is that true?

There's a switch that goes on when it's Sunday, and that's the only time it's really on. I'm laid-back as can be. I don't say too much. I just sit back and relax. But on Sundays, you've got to turn into a different animal.

What's the better nickname: "Faybo" or "The Franchise?"

I've been called both, but I've had "Faybo" a little longer. So I'm more comfortable with that. I was called "The Franchise" during my senior year at high school. I've been called "Faybo" since I was 10. I don't even remember who came up with it. It's been that long. Besides, "The Franchise" has been taken by [former Maryland basketball star] Steve Francis.

You're stuck on an island with one CD, one DVD and one book. What are they?

The DVD would have to be Life with Martin Lawrence and Eddie Murphy. One CD I can't live without is T.I.'s first album I'm Serious. And a book? I wouldn't say that I need a book. I just need ESPN The Magazine.

What is your favorite and least favorite food?

I'm a plain-Jane type of guy, so I would have to say fried chicken wings. I can eat that any day, every day, all day. I don't like vegetables, but especially onions. I just never liked them. [Laughs.] So I won't eat them.

EDWARD LEE

about this series

Each Wednesday, we'll bring you a Q&A with a Ravens player to help you learn a little more about the team. Today's guest in this series is cornerback Fabian Washington, whose first interception as a Raven was negated by an offside penalty in Sunday's 30-10 loss to the New York Giants. Washington talks about joining the team from the Oakland Raiders, playing at the University of Nebraska and covering the one wide receiver who gives him the toughest challenge.

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