Jairo Penaranda

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Jairo Penaranda
No. 21, 22, 38
Born: (1958-06-15) June 15, 1958 (age 60)
Barranquilla, Colombia
Career information
Position(s) Running back
College UCLA
NFL draft 1981 / Round: 12 / Pick: 328
Career history
As player
1981 Los Angeles Rams
1983 Oakland Invaders (USFL)
1984 Memphis Showboats (USFL)
1985 Philadelphia Eagles
Career stats

Jairo Alonso Penaranda (born June 15, 1958) is a Colombian former American football running back for the Los Angeles Rams and the Philadelphia Eagles of the National Football League (NFL). He also played in the United States Football League (USFL) for the Oakland Invaders and Memphis Showboats. Penaranda played college football at the University of California, Los Angeles and was drafted in the 12th round of the 1981 NFL draft. He is distinguished as being the first Colombian to play in the National Football League.

Jairo additionally coached football- first as a graduate assistant with Southern Cal Trojans helping with special teams and linebackers. He then followed John Robinson and returned to LA to work with the Rams; as an assistant before being promoted to special teams coordinator.