Kenny Washington: The First Black NFL Player

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Kenny Washington explored the world of the National Football League by becoming the first black NFL player.He encountered prejudice however he did not let this stop him from achieving his goal to play professional football. His dream was to play in the NFL. Kenny was born August 31 1918. He was born in Lincoln Heights Los Angeles .His uncle was the first black policeman. Washington was the star running back at Abraham Lincoln high school.He was the first black player to become an NFL player. Before he played in the NFL he was in world war || freeing jewish slaves.But the historical injustice done to Washington was significant: but by the time he broke into the pros he was injury-ridden and past his prime years as a player. But the historical injustice done to Washington was significant: he was one of the top college football players in the United States in the late 1930s, but by the time he broke into the pros he was injury-ridden and past his prime years as a player.…show more content…
But before his first season he tore cartilage in his Knee and had to have surgery on both knees. He was born in LA, California. In college he played for UCLA (university of California Los Angeles)he rushed for 1914 yds a school record for 34 yrs. In 1940 the west coast declared him the most brilliant player in the U.S. Then NFL coaches around the world noticed Kenny Washington. Then he played for the Los Angeles Rams. He changed football history by being the first black player to play in the NFL (National football league)! He also played baseball with Jackie Robinson and some even thought he was better.Jackie Robinson and Kenny Washington stood shoulder-to-shoulder on the athletic fields of UCLA, as they apart in our nation's consciousness.both excelled at football and

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