A Florida Gator catches real alligators in his free time.
Yes, that’s a thing.
In a cool story by ESPN’s Edward Aschoff, Florida safety Nick Washington details how he catches alligators. It’s a walk on the wild side, for sure, and you’ve got to respect Washington’s bravery when going toe-to-toe against a gator.
Check out part of Aschoff’s piece below.
For those who know Washington, who’s from just outside of Jacksonville, where swamp and country living intersect, it isn’t at all shocking that their charismatic teammate has a fondness for danger. Catching monster catfish, riding horses, hunting hogs, skeet shooting and, yes, catching alligators fit Washington to a T. While his voice doesn’t exude much of a backwoods twang, the outdoors are Washington’s sanctuary.
“He’s a country boy from Jacksonville,” center T.J. McCoy said.
Washington goes on to describe how he loves the rush of this experience. He and his friend and his friend’s dad, a licensed alligator catcher, are called out on occasion to corral alligators that have wandered into small ponds, yards or pools throughout the Jacksonville area.
Be sure to click on the piece to learn more about how Washington catches alligators. There’s a fascinating strategy to the entire thing. Washington told Aschoff that on a “non-cannibalistic level,” he treasures the chance to catch gators while playing for Florida.
Hat tip to you, Washington.
— Edward Aschoff (@AschoffESPN) May 16, 2017