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For the former Minnesota Vikings and Denver Broncos wide receiver, see Gene Washington (born 1944).
Gene Washington (born 1947)
Personal Information
Wide Receiver
Jersey #(s)
Born January 14 1947 (1947-01-14) (age 77)
Tuscaloosa, Alabama
Career information
Year(s) 19691979
NFL Draft 1969 / Round: 1 / Pick: 16
College Stanford
Professional teams
Career stats
Receptions 385
Receiving Yards 6,856
Touchdowns 60
Stats at
Career highlights and awards

  • Pro Bowl selection (1969, 1970, 1971, 1972)
  • All-Pro selection (1969, 1970, 1971, 1972)

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 was a member of the fraternity Delta Tau Delta, and was the first black member in the whole organization. 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 Queen Elizabeth II and a State Dinner for Ghanaian President John Kufuor.

Film and television[]

  • 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