Date of birth: (1958-06-15) June 15, 1958 (age 62)
Place of birth: Barranquilla, Colombia
Career information
Position(s): Running back
NFL Draft: 1981 / Round: 12 / Pick: 328
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Jairo Alonso Penaranda (born June 15, 1958) is a Colombian former American football running back for the Los Angeles Rams and the Philadelphia Eagles of the National Football League (NFL). He also played in the United States Football League (USFL) for the Oakland Invaders and Memphis Showboats. Penaranda played college football at the University of California, Los Angeles and was drafted in the 12th round of the 1981 NFL draft. He is distinguished as being the first Colombian to play in the National Football League.

Jairo additionally coached football- first as a graduate assistant with Southern Cal Trojans helping with special teams and linebackers. He then followed John Robinson and returned to LA to work with the Rams; as an assistant before being promoted to special teams coordinator.

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