I’m (not) just talkin’ about Shaft!
After the break, find out the answer to this week’s quiz question: Which Academy Award-winner with connections to the Lower Hudson Valley has a running-back son who lost a job when the NFLÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s European league folded last month?
As if it weren’t rough enough seeing his former team win the World Bowl on Saturday, adding insult to injury for running back John David Washington was the National Football League’s decision today to shut down its European development league after 16 years of operation.
So ends a rough year professionally for the son of Mount VernonÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s Academy Award-winning Denzel Washington. Because the former St. Louis Rams signee didn’t see any game action this season for NFL Europa’s Hamberg Sea Devils, he signed May 21 with the development league’s Rhein Fire with the hope of making an impact. But he rushed just 5 times for only 5 net yards in his first two games with the Fire before finding himself on the bench again for the last two games of the season.
Six days after the Sea Devils defeated the Frankfurt Galaxy, 37-28, to win World Bowl XV, the NFL folded the development league. It reportedly was losing “about $30 million a season,” according to ESPN.
I’d feel bad for John David Washington, but I think this is just an omen. If he has one-tenth the talent of his dad and likes show biz, he should pursue acting.
Football 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 DÃƒÂ¼sseldorf 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 DÃƒÂ¼sseldorf 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.