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 31)
Place of birth: Los Angeles, California
Height: 5 ft 9 in (1.75 m)
Weight: 208 lb (94 kg)
Career information
High school: Campbell Hall School
College: Morehouse
Undrafted: 2006
Career history
 * Offseason and/or practice squad member only
Career NFL statistics
Player stats at

John David Washington (born July 28, 1984) is an American actor and former American football running back. He played college football at Morehouse. Professionally, Washington spent four years as the running back for the United Football League's California franchise, staying with the team through its entire history. After the UFL's failure, Washington shifted to an acting career.

Early years[edit]

Washington was born in the Toluca Lake neighborhood of Los Angeles, California, the son of actor Denzel Washington and the former Pauletta Pearson. At the age of nine, he appeared as a student in a Harlem classroom in the 1992 feature film Malcolm X, which starred his father in the title role.

Washington attended Campbell Hall School in Los Angeles 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]

NFL Europa[edit]

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

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.[4] 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.[5][6]

Acting career[edit]

Since 2015, Washington has starred as Ricky Jerret in the HBO comedy series Ballers.[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. ^ a b [1]
  4. ^ "United Football League Signs 31 Players to California Redwoods' Roster". 2009-08-20.  (dead link)
  5. ^ Mountain Lions begin season with morning practice. KTXL. Retrieved September 21, 2012.
  6. ^ [2]
  7. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (February 13, 2014). "Dwayne Johnson’s HBO Half-Hour Pilot 'Ballers' Picked Up To Series". Retrieved February 19, 2014. 

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