NFL Europa folds; Denzel Washington’s son needs new employer

AP/James A. Finley

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 Vernon’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.