John David Washington

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John David Washington
Position: Running back
Personal information
Date of birth: (1984-07-28) July 28, 1984 (age 30)
Place of birth: Toluca Lake, California
Height: 5 ft 9 in (1.75 m)
Weight: 208 lb (94 kg)
Career information
High school: Campbell High School
College: Morehouse
Undrafted: 2006
Career history
*Offseason and/or practice squad member only
Career NFL statistics
Stats at

John David Washington (born July 28, 1984) is a former American football running back. He was signed by the St. Louis Rams as an undrafted free agent in 2006. He played college football at Morehouse.

He is the son of Pauletta (Pearson) and actor Denzel Washington.

Early years[edit]

Washington was born in Toluca Lake, California. At the age of nine, Washington appeared as a student in a Harlem classroom in the 1992 feature film Malcolm X, which starred his father Denzel Washington in the title role.

Washington attended Campbell Hall School in Los Angeles, California and was a student and a letterman in football, basketball, and track.

College career[edit]

At Morehouse College, Washington set a school-record with 1,198 yards with a 5.6-yard average and nine touchdowns, and added ten receptions for 69 yards his senior year. He also holds the school's single-game (242 yards) and career (3,699 yards) leading rushing records.

Washington led the conference in rushing in 2005. He was named National Player of the Week by in the same year.[citation needed]

Professional football career[edit]

St. Louis Rams[edit]

After going undrafted in the 2006 NFL Draft, Washington was signed by the St. Louis Rams on May 1, 2006 as an undrafted free agent. Washington was released by the Rams on August 31.[1] Three days later, the Rams re-signed him to their practice squad.[2] The Rams cut eleven, including a sixth-round pick, retrieved August 31, 2007.

NFL Europa[edit]

Washington played in NFL Europa for the Rhein Fire in the 2007 offseason.[3][4]

California Redwoods / Sacramento Mountain Lions[edit]

Washington was drafted by the California Redwoods (later the Sacramento Mountain Lions) of the United Football League in the UFL Premiere Season Draft in 2009. He signed with the team on August 18.[5] Washington stayed with the team after that and returned for his fourth season with the Mountain Lions in 2012, until the league abruptly folded that October.[6][7]


  1. ^ Rams cut 11, including sixth-round pick, retrieved August 31, 2007. It was widely speculated that John David Washington was a member of the St.Louis Rams but he never actually signed his contract due to a failed physical.
  2. ^ Rams sign seven to practice squad
  3. ^ [1]
  4. ^ [2]
  5. ^ "United Football League Signs 31 Players to California Redwoods' Roster". 2009-08-20.  (dead link)
  6. ^ Mountain Lions begin season with morning practice. KTXL. Retrieved September 21, 2012.
  7. ^ [3]

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