UCLA Bruins Friday Flashback: Breaking Barriers With Kenny Washington


Even if you don’t follow sports, you’ve heard of Jackie Robinson. You may have even seen 42, if not for the baseball elements, at least, for the amazing story behind the man who glorified the number. Some tend to forget that Jackie played more than just baseball during his time at UCLA—he also played basketball and football and ran track.

But, how much do you know about his football teammate Kenny Washington?

I knew a little about Washington’s contributions to the NFL, but there’s so much more to the story that begins all the way back at UCLA. He played football and baseball, and was actually a better player than Jackie Robinson. There were a total of four African-American players on the team at the time: Robinson, Washington, Woody Strode, and Ray Bartlett. This was actually a…

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