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There were two wide receivers in the NFL named Gene Washington; for the other, see Gene Washington (wide receiver, born 1944)
Gene Washington
No. 18
Wide Receiver
Personal information
Date of birth: (1947-01-14) January 14, 1947 (age 67)
Place of birth: Tuscaloosa, Alabama
Career information
High school: Long Beach (CA) Poly
College: Stanford
NFL Draft: 1969 / Round: 1 / Pick: 16
Debuted in 1969
Last played in 1979
Career history
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
Receptions 385
Receiving Yards 6,856
Touchdowns 60
Stats at NFL.com

Gene Washington (born January 14, 1947) was a NFL player for many years who played for the San Francisco 49ers and Detroit Lions as a wide receiver. He also played football for Stanford University. He is a member of Delta Tau Delta International Fraternity, and was the first black member of the fraternity. Currently, he is the director of football operations for the NFL. He is also on the board of the National Park Foundation. He has two children, a daughter, Kelly Washington who currently attends UCLA and a son, Daniel Washington who attends Pepperdine University.

Living and playing in California gave Washington the opportunity to appear in a number of films and television series. He also served as a commentator for NBC's NFL coverage in the early 1980s and sports anchor at KABC-TV in the late 1980s.

He was the guest of US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice at a State Dinner for Elizabeth II and a State Dinner for Ghanaian President John Kufuor.

Film and television[edit]

  • Banacek episode "Let's Hear It for a Living Legend" (1972) as Clay Mills
  • The Mod Squad episode "The Connection" (1972)
  • Black Gunn (1972) as Elmo
  • The Black Six as Bubba Daniels
  • Airport 1975 (1974) as himself, uncredited
  • McMillan & Wife episode "Guilt by Association" as Luke Johnson
  • Lady Cocoa (1975) as Doug



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