Washington says working harder has led to success

Nate Washington's play on the field has been one of the success stories for the Tennessee Titans thus far this season.

Washington already has a career-high 66 catches, and with 860 yards, a 1,000-yard receiving season is not out of the question with two games left. Washington's previous career high was 47 catches in 2009, and the receiver admits that he is taking his career more seriously and less for granted than he has in years past.

"I've learned to grow a passion for this game. I've taken this thing for granted too long. I've seen what type of team we can have if we play up to our expectations, and it's frustrating for me. I'm an emotional guy. I'm not afraid to say it. That loss (Sunday) definitely hurt me,” Washington told TitanInsider.com.

Washington said he had grown tired of the criticism of him and had to examine the way he was approaching his career.

“I was just tired, no disrespect to the media, but the criticism from the media, the community and family and friends. It was just a pack of guys running together, and somebody had to step out and make sure that they're being a leader, with the weight room, coming in for film sessions and all that,” Washington said. “I felt like we could have given a little more in the past, and I didn't want anything else to go by where that was the reason why.

"There was no leader or maybe guys weren't working or caring enough like they were supposed to. I wanted everybody to know that there is somebody that cares and there is somebody who is going to work extremely hard to push this team through everything we can get through.”

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Terry McCormick covers the Titans for TitanInsider.com

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