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 Queen Elizabeth II and a State Dinner for Ghanaian President John Kufuor.
Film and television
episode "Let's Hear It for a Living Legend" (1972) as Clay Mills Banacek
episode "The Connection" (1972) The Mod Squad
Black Gunn (1972) as Elmo
The Black Six as Bubba Daniels
(1974) as himself, uncredited Airport 1975
episode "Guilt by Association" as Luke Johnson McMillan & Wife (1975) as Doug Lady Cocoa