Euro trip: Denzel Washington’s son struggles with new German football team

tjndc5-5ec2dmgihfm14q7ey73u_layout.jpgFootball running-back John David Washington, son of Mount Vernon’s Academy Award-winning Denzel Washington, is trying to find his stride for the rest of the NFL Europe season in Düsseldorf after failing to see game action with rival Hamburg.

(Hmm. Did that make him a Hamburger? Mmm… curly fries. Wait, what was I talking about again?)

The younger Washington, who was signed by the St. Louis Rams after breaking rushing and touchdown records at Morehouse College, started the year with the Hamburg Sea Devils. He rode the bench while the Sea Devils went 3-3 to start the league’s 10-game regular season.

On May 21, he left one German squad to sign with another — the Rhein Fire, the Düsseldorf club that was in last place at the time with a record of 2-4 in the six-team league.

The good news is that Washington has played in both of Rhine’s games since he signed with the club. The bad news is after the break.


Rhein hasn’t exactly been en fuego — or even feuer und flamme sein — since Washington joined the squad, splitting the two games with him on the roster. And while he can finally say he has played a couple of games this season, he hasn’t made much of an impact. Against Frankfurt and Amsterdam, he’s rushed for a total of 5 yards on 5 carries for the Fire. And even if Rhein wins its last two matches, they won’t have a chance to make the World Bowl championship game, according to a recent journal entry by Fire quarterback, Cody Pickett.

Perhaps worse for Washington’s psyche is that Hamburg won both games following his departure to propel its record to 5-3, tied for second in the league.

There’s still time for some sweet revenge, however. After Rhine’s penultimate game June 9 in Berlin, Washington will face his former teammates at home June 16, when Rhein and Hamburg close their regular seasons.

Although that game is slated to take place at 1 p.m. EST that day (7 p.m. CET), the NFL Network plans to broadcast it at midnight EST on June 17.

(Associated Press file photo/James A. Finley)

Chris Serico

A Westchester native and Boston College grad, Chris Serico will host your game show for scale. A features reporter for the The Journal News, he's also written for the newspaper's Listening Room, Suburbarazzi and Remote Access entertainment blogs. For those about to rock, he salutes you.